On Thursday, a juror on a murder trial passed out after being shown a graphic photograph of the victim: a pregnant woman whose baby was cut out of her womb.
According to the New York Daily News, the trial at the Bronx Supreme Court screeched to a halt after photos of the Angelikque Sutton's body from her November 21, 2015 autopsy were shown.
A forensic pathologist was pointing to the image, a detached uterus and umbilical cord, on a big-screen TV, when Juror No. 7, a middle-aged woman, passed out. The television with the disturbing image was placed just feet away from the jury box.
"It appears the juror fainted," Justice Margaret Clancy declared after a 45-minute recess. An ambulance took the juror to a nearby hospital for a check-up. The trial, for suspect Ashleigh Wade (pictured above, left) was then adjourned for Friday.
"That must have shook you guys up, like it did everyone, when the juror was unresponsive," Clancy said, addressing the courtroom. A juror feeling queasy and passing out probably wasn’t a shock, though. Because this case is particularly gruesome, the judge actually let potentials opt out during jury selection, as reported by the New York Post.
Wade is accused of stabbing her friend Sutton before carving out her full-term baby while Sutton bled to death, as reported by Inside Edition. Police believe Wade wanted to keep the baby for herself. She allegedly pretended that she was the one who was pregnant, and bought herself baby clothes. She even allegedly told her boyfriends and friends about her “due date.”
The stabbing occurred as Wade was on her way to be married at a courthouse.
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