A judge has dismissed a second juror in the retrial of a Boston man charged with fatally shooting four people and leaving a fifth paralyzed during a drug-related robbery.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke excused the juror Thursday so the juror could care for a sick relative. The juror has been replaced and deliberations must now start from the beginning for a third time.
On Monday, Locke dismissed a juror after learning the man had conducted online research into ballistics and shared it with other jurors in the trial of Dwayne Moore.
The jury has now been on the trial for eight weeks.
Moore is charged with killing three adults and a toddler in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood in September 2010. Moore’s first trial ended with a deadlocked jury; his codefendant was acquitted.
With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom
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