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Thor Frey murder retrial delayed as juror complains of intimidation

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jan 09 2013 08:54:12 AM CST
BELVIDERE, N.J. -

The retrial of a man convicted in the murder of a Warren County woman seven years ago is being delayed because a juror says she was intimidated.

Judge Ann R. Bartlett addressed the gallery at 9:23 a.m. Wednesday to explain the delay in the retrial of Thor Frey, who was convicted in 2009 of killing 75-year-old Mary Bostian in her Phillipsburg, N.J., home in 2006.

Bartlett said the jury member had complained of intimidation by talk coming from people attending the retrial who were smoking outside the Warren County Courthouse Courthouse.

Judge Bartlett told the gallery, which on Wednesday morning included several students, that she is in the process of interviewing jury members individually to see if they heard anything prejudicial about the retrial, if they were intimidated by what they heard, or if their ability to be impartial has been compromised.

She said she expected the retrial to resume sometime after 10 a.m.