Juror misconduct results in mistrial for Morgan County man who fatally shot son

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MORGAN COUNTY (April 14, 2015) – A Morgan County man accused of murdering his son will have to get a new trial after jury misconduct resulted in a mistrial.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested David Carrender in October 2013 at the family’s Morgan County home. Investigators said an argument between Carrender and his 19-year-old son Wyatt over football led to the shooting. The argument began at a Buffalo Wild Wings on the south side of Indianapolis and continued as the pair drove back to their home in the 6600 block of Crooked Creek Drive in Martinsville.

According to Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega, a juror violated a court order barring jurors from getting information about the case outside of the courtroom. The juror admitted reading newspaper articles about the case.

Carrender was found guilty after a trial that ended during the first week of April. After the jury revealed the verdict, Sonnega learned about the misconduct and told defense attorneys and the judge what happened. The judge called for a mistrial.

Sonnega said there was no timetable for retrying the case.

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