Juror Speaks Out About Soldier's Trial
POSTED: Friday, October 30, 2009 - 6:53am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:25pm
A juror is speaking out about what happened behind closed doors as they tried to decide the fate of a Fort Bliss soldier. Saturday, Nakia Dawkins was convicted of injury to a child in the death of his 2-year old goddaughter. The punishment carried a prison sentence of five to 99 years, but after deliberating for two days, the jury could not reach a unanimous decision on punishment. One of the jurors tells us 11 of the 12 voted for 50 years. The hold out wanted 20 years. When they could not come to a decision, the judge declared a mistrial in the punishment phase. A new jury will now have to be chosen to hear all the evidence in April, then decide his punishment. Dawkins' wife, Shantrell, is also charged in the case. She is set to go on trial in December.