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Juror replacement in Peterson double murder trial

One of the jurors in Scott Peterson case was removed from the panel on Tuesday because of her own research on the case, where Peterson was charged in the double &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2001/01/30/2238.html ' target=_blank>murder of his pregnant wife and her unborn son. It was a second dismissal in the five-month long murder trial. Jurors were ordered to "start all over again".

Juror No. 7, a retired utility company employee in her 50s or 60s, was removed because she apparently did her own research on the case, a source with close knowledge of the case told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Such research would violate the judge's order to consider only evidence presented at &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/society/2001/11/07/20281.html ' target=_blank>trial. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi replaced the juror with an alternate and ordered the other 11 members of the panel to set aside any conclusions they had made during the first five days of deliberations and begin anew. The reconstituted jury panel resumed deliberations Wednesday, as The Guardian reported.

"You must decide all questions of fact in this case from the evidence received in this trial and not from any other resource," Delucchi reminded panelists. "The people and the defendant have the right to a verdict reached only after full participation."

"We're going to send you back. Start all over again and keep in touch," he added, says CBS News.

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