Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Mistrial Juror Charged with Perjury Released from Jail

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Mistrial Juror Charged with Perjury Released from Jail

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A juror facing a perjury charge, who a Kanawha circuit judge said caused a mistrial after she visited the scene of a killing and then lied to him about it, was released Tuesday after spending nine days in jail. Taniqra R. Payne, 31, who was arrested Sept. 12 and charged with a felony, was released on her own recognizance Tuesday, after waiving her preliminary hearing in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Payne is accused of lying to Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King during the trial of Tremaine Jackson. Jackson is charged with first- degree murder in the shooting death of Bryan Rogers last December on Charleston's West Side.

Prosecutors say Jackson shot Rogers over a $3,000 heroin debt near Littlepage Terrace. Jackson says he didn't shoot Rogers and that Charleston police coerced his video-taped confession.

During the third day of juror deliberations, King told lawyers that Rogers' father had photographed Payne near the scene where his son was shot.

Jackson's lawyer asked for a mistrial. …

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