The entire jury in a sex offense and statutory rape trial was dismissed after the defendant’s sister made contact with a jury member during a recess Tuesday in Iredell County Superior Court.
Now attorneys have to start the jury selection process over again after spending nearly two days selecting the initial panel in the trial of Daniel Holliday, who’s charged with multiple counts of sex offense and statutory rape.
Superior Court Judge Julia Gullett held the woman in contempt of court. Her case will be heard on Friday.
The topic of discussion between the sister and juror isn’t clear.
A new jury pool was expected to be summoned Thursday morning.
Holliday, 43, of Mooresville, is charged with 20 counts of sexual offense and five counts of statutory rape of a 13-, 14-, or 15-year-old by a person at least six years older than the victim.
In 2012, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims received a report by a woman who said she saw a male relative interacting inappropriately with a young girl just before Christmas.
To prevent anyone from talking to potential jurors, additional deputies were requested around the courthouse.