Juror faints during murder sentencing hearing

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The sentencing hearing for a Topeka man convicted of murder has been interrupted after a juror fainted while viewing graphic autopsy photos.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1tUj9mJ ) the male juror passed out about 45 minutes into Monday’s hearing on the sentencing for 25-year-old Troy Allen Robinson. Shawnee County prosecutors are seeking the so-called “Hard 50” – 50 years behind bars before the possibility of parole – for the December 2012 stabbing death of 43-year-old Oma Bennett.

District Judge Nancy Parrish released the juror and ordered what’s expected to be a three-day hearing to resume Tuesday morning. An expert witness is expected to testify about Robinson’s mental health history.

A former coroner who had been testifying about the autopsy photos helped the stricken juror, who then drove home.

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