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Printing error blamed for murder trial delays

Court officials in Guilford County had less than 10 people answer jury duty calls April 30 and May 1, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

Prosecutors had planned to use the week to begin trials, including a first-degree murder case in Greensboro, but because of a printing error, only a fraction of the 320 expected jurors showed up to court as they were supposed to.

As a result, the murder trial of Shenika Chennel Shamberger, who is accused of killing her neighbor Marcus James McQueen, is not expected to begin until Monday, May 7.

Officials say the mistake will be costly as witnesses and experts who planned to testify had to rearrange flights and hotel bookings.

Court officials said they only received a notification about the error Tuesday afternoon.


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