Judge calls mistrial over Facebook posts in ‘Boy in a box’ case

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by Alex Macon/ The Daily News

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Posted on May 1, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 5:51 PM

GALVESTON — The trial of a man accused of keeping his son locked in an 8-by-6-foot particleboard box at a Galveston home ended in a mistrial Thursday.

District Judge Lonnie Cox granted the defense’s motion for a mistrial after Judge Michelle Slaughter was recused from the case for posting about the trial on a public Facebook page.

Slaughter was recused from the case of David Wieseckel, 44, on the third day of the trial, when jurors had heard a little more than a day’s worth of testimony.

Cox, who was appointed to preside over the case, said starting the trial over would harm neither the prosecution nor defense in the case.

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