Our South Florida criminal defense lawyers have read about a case involving a former Davie police officer charged with assaulting his pregnant wife. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the officer failed to show up for his first trial, then fled the country before the judge and jury could hear more serious charges in a second trial.
Two of the jurors involved in the first trial have come forward saying they wished they’d known about the other charges and the defendant’s history. Since prosecutors are not allowed to share background information or information about pending charges because it might prejudice jurors, they say they had no idea about the aggravated assault charges against the defendant.
The Davie Police Department fired the officer last month. The ex-wife said he had relatives in Switzerland and Serbia, so authorities suspect he may have gone there. His defense attorney says it’s doubtful that he’ll be found. Local agencies and federal FBI officers said they are not actively pursuing him.
Source: Jurors regret acquitting fugitive Davie officer, South Florida Sun Sentinel, May 9, 2010
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