Man Charged With Murder Has Trial Paused for Being COVID ​Positive

Man Charged With Murder Has Trial Paused for Being COVID ​Positive

(ReliableNews.org) – With the COVID-19 pandemic entering its third year, it seems the virus has adversely impacted nearly every aspect of American life. Most recently, a positive COVID test resulted in the delay of the Wisconsin trial of a defendant accused of murdering and dismembering his parents.

On Tuesday, January 11, attorneys for Chandler Halderson, 23, informed the court the defendant tested positive for COVID. Dane County Circuit Court Judge John Hyland adjourned the trial until Tuesday, January 18, at the earliest due to the observance of Martin Luther King Day on Monday.

Halderson’s lawyers reminded the court the defendant maintained a proper social distance from jury members during the trial. Additionally, all participants wore face masks at all times.

Judge Hyland informed the jury of his decision to delay the trial. All concerned agreed using Zoom would be impractical. He told panel members he didn’t believe the defendant exposed them to COVID-19. However, he ordered the provision of rapid at-home coronavirus tests for any jurors who wanted one.

Fortunately, the postponement of the trial isn’t likely to impact the successful outcome of the proceedings. Halderson’s attorneys’ advised the court their client would not seek a mistrial in the case.

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