Cox trial halted by absence of crucial witness

Friday, January 10, 2014

On Thursday morning, the pool of potential jurors for the trial of Marcus Cox Jr. had been narrowed to 36 when Assistant District Attorney Eddie Barnard was handed a note and left the courtroom.

When he returned, Barnard announced that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent who tested the alleged marijuana and cocaine recovered in the case was unable to testify, due to a family emergency.

Without the agent's testimony, the trial could not proceed.

Cox and his attorney James R. Tucker Jr. of Shelbyville are due back in Circuit Court on Jan. 22 and Judge Forest Durard Jr. may set a new trial date at that time.

On Jan. 8 Cox was arrested and charged with bribing a juror. His bond was set at $15,000, and, as of Jan. 10, he remained jailed. He will appear in General Sessions Court on this charge on Jan. 28.