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Last-minute scramble for jurors delays sex assault trial for N.L. police officer

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A last-minute scramble for jury members has delayed the trial for a Newfoundland and Labrador police officer accused of sexual assault.

Jury selection for the trial of Douglas Snelgrove, a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer, had wrapped up Tuesday and his trial was set to begin today.

But several jury members were excused this morning before the trial opened.

Sheriffs hit the street with 40 summonses for potential new jury members to report back to court this afternoon.

Snelgrove's lawyer, Randy Piercey, said it is the second time in 10 years he's seen such measures taken.

The trial is the first before a jury in the province since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and it is being held in a former school building to allow for physical distancing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 16, 2020

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