Judge Orders Investigation Into Tyson Juror’s Alleged Comment With AM-Tyson Accuser
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A judge Thursday ordered defense and prosecuting attorneys to investigate a report that a juror in Mike Tyson’s rape trial claimed the proceeding was fixed, an official said.
Judge Patricia Gifford of Marion Superior Court directed attorneys to provide the court with any information uncovered by their investigations, said Rob Smith, a spokesman for the county attorney’s office.
Indianapolis Attorney Robert Prather told the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office on Monday that he overheard the comment at a gymnasium Saturday. Prather said the man, whom he recognized as a juror, was talking to others in the gym.
Attorney Joseph C. Lewis Jr., who said he had been retained by the juror, declined comment.
Names of the jurors haven’t been released by the court. Lewis refused to disclose his client’s name.
Tyson, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, was convicted on Feb. 10 of rape and two counts of criminal deviate conduct. Sentencing is set for March 27.
Marion County Prosecutor Jeffrey Modisett confirmed his office was investigating the matter.
″At this point, it would appear to be unfounded,″ he said.
″I don’t see how it’s possible,″ said a woman identified only as a juror by Indianapolis television station WTHR.
″Nobody twisted anyone’s arm and said you have to go this way. We came to this conclusion as a group,″ the woman said.