Third Circuit rules jury questioning to resume midway through Campbell murder trial

Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 6:04 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - The murder trial of a Lake Charles man accused of killing his wife may resume Friday.

Harold Campbell is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife Edwina Campbell in 2019.

With testimony underway in the trial, the Third Circuit ordered a stay of proceedings while it considered an appeal from Campbell’s defense.

Late Thursday, the Third Circuit ruled the defense should be allowed to further question jurors about options dealing with lesser verdicts. Such questions are usually done before opening statements and testimony begin, making this is an unusual situation with an unpredictable outcome.

“We are reviewing the court’s ruling and determining the best course forward,” a spokesman for the district attorney’s office said.

“We are extremely pleased with the ruling of the appellate court,” defense attorney Todd Clemons said. “They ordered Judge Wyatt to do what I requested that we do on Wednesday morning. We will return to court in the morning, continue to champion the cause for justice for Mr. Campbell and see where we end up.”

The jury will report to court Friday morning.

Read the Third Circuit’s ruling below.

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