Tweeting, sleeping jury results in death sentence overturn

The discovery that the trial of a now death-row inmate was fraught with technological leaks led the Arkansas Supreme Court to first overturn the conviction and then begin considering whether jurors should be allowed continued access to their cell phones.

According to Arkansas News, Erickson Dimas-Martinez who was sentenced to death for capital murder and life in prison in the shooting death of 17-year-old Derrick Jefferson.

The tweet that caused the biggest stir was sent an hour before the jury announced it had reached a verdict and told followers — including a reporter — “It is over.”

Unanimously, the Supreme Court overturned the death sentence conviction and said the decision was based on jury misconduct which in addition to the tweeting juror included one who fell asleep in the jury box.

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