55 who skirted jury duty in Ohio murder trial to face judge

MARIETTA, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio judge is demanding that 55 people who shirked jury duty in a high-profile murder case explain themselves or face contempt charges.

Washington County Judge Randall Burnworth wants those who skipped the selection process for the October trial of former deputy sheriff Mitchell Ruble to appear before him on Dec. 10.

The Marietta Times reports the initial jury pool was 150. The no-show jurors face court fees and potential arrest for missing Burnworth’s meeting.

Ruble pleaded not guilty last year to an aggravated murder charge in the February 1981 shotgun slaying of an ex-colleague, Deputy Lt. Ray “Joe” Clark. Authorities say Ruble killed Clark after Clark fired him for inappropriate conduct.

The case is being re-tried Feb. 29 after the first jury failed to reach a verdict.

Information from: The Marietta Times

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