Arkansas has overturned the murder conviction of death row inmate Erickson Dimas-Martinez after a juror was revealed to have made comments about the case on Twitter. The defendant’s lawyers also claimed that another juror was asleep during part of the case.
The juror allegedly made a number of fairly vague comments via Twitter about the case. He certainly didn’t reveal any details, but by even tangentially referring to the case at all, he was arguably breaking the judge’s instruction to avoid any kind of communication about how the case was developing.
26-year-old Erickson Dimas-Martinez was accused of allegedly robbing and shooting Derrick Jefferson in 2006. The judge in the case reportedly told jurors not to use Twitter or any other methods of discussing the case in public.