Craighead Judge Rejects New Trial for Holloway

October 28, 2003 - Posted at 11:12 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - A circuit judge has rejected a new trial for Joel Holloway.

He was convicted on October 10 of killing his cousin's wife, Tracy Holloway.

The judge said a juror who claimed she only voted for a capital murder conviction because she felt ill knew she could leave during deliberations.

The juror, Debbie Paxton, claimed she was the only juror who wanted to acquit Holloway, by reason of insanity.  She affirmed her guilty vote at the trial, but later said she voted for conviction only because she needed to go home to take her diabetes medication.

Still, Craighead County Circuit Judge Victor Hill dismissed a motion for a new trial, saying Paxton knew she could take a break or call for an alternate juror.

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