UPDATE: Murder suspect enters Kennedy plea a week before trial

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 11/2/17 @ 2:25 p.m.
A man who has gone through two mistrials for a murder case will spend the next decade behind bars.

On Thursday, Tremaine Jackson entered a Kennedy plea in the case involving the death of Bryan Rogers.

Rogers was killed in December 2015 on the West Side of Charleston.

The charge entered in the plea is for felony charge of voluntary manslaughter with a firearm.

A Kennedy plea is also known as an Alford plea. It is a guilty plea where the defendant does not admit to the criminal act.

The first mistrial happened last summer after a jury member took a field trip to the crime scene after she was instructed against it.

The jury in the July 2017 trial could not reach a verdict.

A third trial was scheduled for Nov. 13.



UPDATE 7/24/17 @ 3:35 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Another trial date has been set for a murder suspect who has gone through two mistrials.

Tremaine Jackson will be back in court in November.

Last week, a judge ruled a trial against Jackson was a mistrial after the jury couldn't make a decision.

Jackson is charged in the murder of Bryan Rogers. He was killed in December 2015 on the West Side of Charleston.

The first mistrial happened last summer after a jury member took a field trip to the crime scene after she was instructed not to.

Monday, a judge set Jackson's bond at $150,000.

His trial is scheduled for Nov. 13.



UPDATE 7/18/17 @ 12:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Another mistrial has been declared in the case of a man charged with murder.

The jury couldn't reach a decision in a case involving Tremaine Jackson.

Jackson was charged in December 2015 for shooting and killing Bryan Rogers on Charleston's west side.

It's the second mistrial in the case. The first one happened in August 2016 for juror misconduct after a juror went to the crime scene.

Jackson originally denied his involvement, saying he had never met Rogers.

Later in the confession, though, he told police he was the gunman.

A bond hearing for Jackson will be held on July 24.



UPDATE 7/12/17 @ 4:50 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Testimony resumed Wednesday in the trial of a man who went through a mistrial last summer.

Tremaine Jackson was back in court, on trial in the death of Bryan Rogers.

Rogers was shot to death in December 2015 near the Littlepage Terrace Apartments.

His original trial last August was declared a mistrial after a juror went to the crime scene.

A taped confession video was shown to the jury Wednesday. Jackson originally denied his involvement, saying he had never met Rogers.

Later in the confession, though, he told police he was the gunman.

The trial will continue Thursday.



UPDATE 9/12/16 @ 5:05 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman is facing perjury charges after juror misconduct that resulted in a mistrial for a murder case.

After nearly three days of deliberation, a Kanawha County judge declared a mistrial in the case against Tremaine Jackson on September 8.

On Monday, Taniqra Payne was charged with perjury, according to Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies.

The judge told the court the juror went to the crime scene Thursday morning and then told other jurors about her visit. The jurors were instructed during the trial not to visit the crime scene.

The judge says the juror admitted to it and a witness took pictures of the woman at the scene.

Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Miller says Payne's misconduct is costly.

"It's a tremendous expense to the state," Miller said. "The trial was in it's second week...resources from the public defender's office, [the public prosecutor's] office, the payment of the jurors, the court's time, all of those things amount to several thousand dollars."

Jackson was charged in December 2015 for shooting and killing Bryan Rogers on Charleston's West Side. Prosecutors say the murder happened as a result of drugs.

A new trial date will be set during a hearing on Thursday, September 15.

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ORIGINAL STORY 9/8/16 @ 12:11 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mistrial has been declared in a murder trial in Charleston.

After nearly three days of deliberations, a Kanawha County judge declared a mistrial in the case against Tremaine Jackson citing juror misconduct.

Jackson was charged in December 2015 for shooting and killing Bryan Rogers on Charleston's West Side. Prosecutors say the murder happened as a result of drugs.

The judge told the court the juror went to the crime scene Thursday morning and then told other jurors about her visit. The jurors were instructed during the trial not to visit the crime scene.

The judge says the juror admitted to it and a witness took pictures of the woman at the scene.

During the hearing, the judge asked an assistant prosecutor to investigate the female juror and the incident to see if charges should be filed.

According to investigators, Jackson confronted Rogers about $3,000 worth of heroin he had stolen from him and that's when Jackson pulled out a handgun from his pocket and shot Rogers.

The judge set a hearing for Sept. 15 to set a new trial date for Jackson.

We have a crew at the courthouse. Keep clicking on WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



 
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