Prospective juror released from Jail, lawyer says lesson learned

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A prospective juror jailed for contempt of court was released Wednesday, according to the judge that sent her there earlier this week.

Judge David Ritchie announced in court Sharon Richard, 63, was released after her family attorney assured him she'd learned her lesson.  Ritchie said in court Wednesday that Richard's attorney claimed Richard's husband has health issues and she was needed to care for him.

Richard was incarcerated for 48 hours after admitting to discussing a murder case with other prospective jurors.

Richard was called as prospective juror in the trial of Robyn Davis and Carol Sissy Saltzman charged with second degree murder of Davis's Husband Brian Davis.

Apparently during a break,  when the jurors were out in the hall, Richard talked about the case with several others and another prospective juror informed the judge. When questioned by Ritchie, Richard admitted what she had done. Said Ritchie, "Richard's actions were shockingly unbelievable and selfish."  He said, "She chose to do that and she's going to pay for it."

He also issued a stern warning to other prospective jurors telling them a violation of his orders could cause them to go to jail