Jury trial reset after a mistrial

A new trial date has been set for a local woman whose trial at the end of last month was canceled because she allegedly interacted with jurors.
A jury trial for Tiffany M. Siebert, 28, of Vandalia, on a charge of domestic battery got under way on Oct. 27 with jury selection.
According to Fayette County Circuit Court records, 12 jurors had been selected prior to a lunch break on Tuesday, Oct. 27. After the break, according to court records, a court bailiff told Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor that he had seen Siebert “hand signaling to one or more of the jurors” during jury selection.
At that point, the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison asked for Sheafor to grant a motion for a mistrial. Sheafor denied that motion.
A short time later, according to court records, the court reporter told the judge that she had heard the defendant talking to a juror during jury selection.
This time, Sheafor granted a prosecution motion for a mistrial.
The case will continue with a pretrial hearing on Dec. 8, and a new jury trial is currently set to begin on Jan. 4.
Siebert was charged with domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor offense, on May 26.
The charge filed by Morrison’s office alleges that on May 24, Siebert shoved a minor “family or household member” who was riding a bike, causing the minor to fall onto a rock road.

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