Juror dismissed in Hamilton death penalty trial

The sixth day of the Michael Grevious II death penalty trial in Hamilton began with the replacement of a juror.

Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for allegedly ordering a retaliation shooting at Central Avenue and Knightsbridge on Aug. 3, 2016 that killed two people. He is also charged with having weapons under disability and felonious assault for gun violence that killed his relative during the early morning hours of July 24, 2016 at a Hamilton bar.

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The trial began April 16 in Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens’ courtroom with jury selection lasting two days.

Court was delayed Tuesday morning, and when the jury filed in, one female juror was missing. That juror was replaced with one of four alternates who has been seated in the courtroom since the trial began.

Outside the presence of the jury, Stephens said the juror excused had a conflict “that ultimately would have prevented her from following the law as it relates to the consideration of the death penalty.”

The prosecution is continuing to present its case against Grevious.

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