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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

November 24, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It will cost taxpayers at least five thousand dollars to re-try a murder case that ended in a mistrial Friday, after a juror showed his own ballistics tests to the other jurors in the case.

This is the pizza box that a juror shot twice with a shotgun Friday morning, and then showed other jurors the difference between buckshot and birdshot.

Judge Stephen Goss ruled a mistrial on juror misconduct, and taxpayers will have to foot the bill to re-try Dramoskie Perkins again.

Acting Dougherty D.A. Greg Edwards said "The fee that's going to be required to bring the expert witness to come back. And also we had to hire an interpreter, to work in this particular case, because some of our victims could only speak Spanish. "

Add to that juror and security costs, Dougherty County's head Superior Court Judge says the fee could be at least $5000.

Judge Stephen Goss repeatedly warned the jurors about the rules of court during the murder trial, but this pizza box will end up being a very expensive one for justice.

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