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Controversy in Samolyuk Jury

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Developments in a local murder trial.

The second-degree murder case against Igor Samolyuk, accused of stabbing his wife to death in July 2006, was scheduled to go to trial Monday, but now there's a possibility of a mistrial before it even gets started.

Attorneys met with Judge Carrie Runge in court Wednesday to discuss two issues with the jury they selected Tuesday.

First, two copies of the Tri-City Herald were found in the jury room at the end of the day.

In that newspaper is an article containing information on the case and the jury selection.

Attorneys want to know how the papers got there and whether anyone on the jury saw them.

They are of course instructed not to pay attention to the media during this process.

The second issue today was whether a juror was tainted when he spoke to a Benton County Sheriff's Detective Tuesday.

That detective is listed as a witness in this case.

All of the parties involved will meet again Monday with the jury when they'll ask jury members whether they saw the papers, how it got there and the extent of that one jury members talk with a detective.

We should know more about the future of this case and when the trial might now start then.

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