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Hunt Murder Trial Held Up By Cell Phone Mishap

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The murder trial of Josh Hunt, accused of murdering Richland teen Joshua Snapp over the summer has hit a slight snag. The murder trial of Josh Hunt, accused of murdering Richland teen Joshua Snapp over the summer has hit a slight snag.

KENNEWICK, WA - The murder trial of Josh Hunt, accused of murdering Richland teen Joshua Snapp over the summer has hit a slight snag.

When everyone came back from a lunch recess Monday between deliberations, a juror brought it to the attention of the bailiff that one of the other jurors had used a cell phone.

They brought both people in the courtroom for questioning. One juror did confess she could not find the definition of the word "premeditated" in her packet so she used the google search engine on her phone to look it up. This clearly goes against when the judge told jurors that they are not to look up anything on their phones.

That juror has now been removed, but there are alternate jurors. One was picked from a lottery and was brought back in Monday afternoon. "I wasn't trying to do anything wrong or hide it. I was...I announced it to everybody," said the now removed juror to judge Carrie Runge.

The replacement juror sat through the trial and knows everything the other jurors know. Now, it is just a matter of them all deliberating over the facts once more before they finally reach a verdict. As those deliberations continue, NBC Right Now is tracking the story and we will bring you the verdict in this case just as soon as the jury reaches a decision.

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