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Jury misconduct forces mistrial in Jackie Rolston case

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Kirk Coleman’s family will have to wait yet a little while longer for justice.

Not long after Coleman’s grandmother was introduced as the first witness, a mistrial was declared, according to ABC 57.

A juror reportedly revealed info that compromised any possibility of a fair trial for Jackie Rolston. A juror discussed Rolston’s 2006 conviction for battery with other jurors, according to The Elkhart Truth.

A new trial date was set for Nov. 28.

Rolston is charged with a single count of battery resulting in the death of a child.

Initially, she told police in Oct. 2014 that Kirk Coleman was choking on his lunch. But Coleman died hours later, and a coroner ruled he died of blunt force injuries.

Rolston was actually convicted of neglect of a dependent. However, Coleman’s family worked to get Kirk’s Law passed, which requires the creation of a database of people convicted of child abuse. That database must be up and running by July 1, 2017.

RELATED: Jury selection begins in Kirk’s Law criminal case

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