CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A juror in a recent Kanawha County murder trial faces perjury charges after she allegedly went to the crime scene herself and lied to the judge about it.
Deputies said Taniqra Payne went to the scene on Charleston’s West Side week while the jury was deliberating, shared her findings with fellow jurors, then denied her actions when Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King asked her about it.
The judge declared a mistrial after the incident.
Tremain Jackson, 24, of Charleston, was on trial for murder charges in the 2015 shooting death of Bryan Rogers, 29, of Ripley. Prosecutors allege the shooting was over heroin debt.
Officials say a picture was taken of Payne at the crime scene in an alley next to Callender Funeral Home near 7th Avenue and Rebecca Street in Charleston.
When asked whether she was there, Payne first said that she had not been and then testified that she had merely driven by, according to the criminal complaint.
Payne could face one to ten years in prison if convicted. She was arraigned on the charge in Kanawha Magistrate Court Monday afternoon.
A status hearing for the Jackson case is scheduled for Thursday.