Juror's arrest delays McLennan County trial

Posted at 6:57 PM, Apr 26, 2017
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:30:47-04

A sexual abuse trial in McLennan County was delayed after a juror was arrested on drug charges overnight Tuesday.

Alexandra Hawkins, 28, was arrested on possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance charges in Bell County. She is one of the 12 jurors in the sexual abuse trial of Juan Rodriguez Guajardo.

The 62-year-old was indicted for continuous sexual abuse of a child and indecency with a child by contact in 2013. The alleged victim is a girl he knew under the age of 14.

Under Texas law, the trial can proceed with a trial with 11 jurors, if a jury dies or becomes disabled. A juror can become disabled if it’s found that person has an emotional and physical impediment to continue to serve. Both sides will be able to present evidence to the judge to see if it Is appropriate to proceed with Hawkins or if it is appropriate to proceed without her.

The decision on whether she will continue to serve will be made on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. when the trial is expected to resume.  

Wednesday was the second day the trial has been delayed. On Tuesday, the trial was delayed because Guajardo required medical treatment.

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