Juror Comment Delays Trial In Memorial Damage Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A juror's comment has delayed the trial of a man accused of damaging the West Virginia Veterans Memorial with his car.

Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Charlie King postponed Howard Roland Gentry's trial Tuesday after a juror waiting for opening arguments to begin was overheard saying, "the longer we sit here, the guiltier he gets."

King rescheduled the trial for Nov. 30.

Gentry is charged with felony destruction of property.

Gentry's lawyer, Benjamin Bryant, has said the 60-year-old Newton man was suffering from an unspecified medical condition when his two-door sports coupe scraped between the memorial's curved granite monoliths on March 25, 2007.

The state sued Gentry in march seeking to recover $56,162 in repair costs.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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