Kentucky Court Orders Hearing On Exposure To Facebook

Sep 20, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  --  The Kentucky Supreme Court has ordered a judge to consider whether the deliberations of jurors in a murder trial were tainted by their exposure to the Facebook page of the victim's mother.

The high court on Thursday sent back the case of 28-year-old Ross Brandon Sluss, convicted of murder in Martin County in 2010.

In a precedent-setting ruling, Justice Mary Noble ordered Circuit Judge John David Preston to hold a hearing on whether jurors were truthful in pretrial questioning and to what, if any, extent exposure to the Facebook page of the victim's mother created a miscarriage of justice in Sluss' conviction.

Jurors found Sluss guilty of killing Destiny Brewer in a truck crash in June 2010. The case received wide publicity in Martin County as well as online.