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May 23, 2003

(Macon-AP) -- The Albany Herald has suspended the newspaper's court reporter with pay for allegedly looking at papers on a Superior Court judge's desk without permission during a murder trial.

No charges have been filed against the reporter, Tim Wesselman, who was covering the murder trial of Monroe High School math teacher William Scheer.

The 54-year-old Scheer is accused of killing his father, 83-year-old William Henry Scheer, nearly 13 years ago to gain control of the elder Sheer's $500,000 estate. The jury, which has been deliberating evidence presented in the six day trial since Tuesday, was still deliberating today.

Just a day before, Dougherty Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss instructed stalemated jurors to keep working. Wesselman said he went into the courtroom and used the phone on the judge's desk without Goss' permission when the judge left for his chambers, while the jury was in the deliberation.

He also told his editors that he read the jurors' charge -- a public record -- on the judge's desk. The incident was caught on a courtroom videotape. Goss told Wesselman he would look into the incident in Albany after the trial is over.

Executive editor Dee Maret of The Herald said Wesselman will remain suspended with pay until the situation is cleared up.

posted at 4:35PM by dave.miller@walb.com