Tuesday, July 13, 2021 6:37 PM EST
By MIKE CATALINI, AP
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s highest court has tossed out a 2017 first-degree murder conviction after finding that the state may have relied on “implicit or unconscious” bias when it sought to remove a prospective Black juror. The decision Tuesday called for a new trial and a state conference on how juries are selected in New Jersey, a process based on law dating to the late 1800s. In 2017, Edwin Andujar was convicted of first-degree murder after authorities accused him of stabbing his roommate 12 times with a knife. During jury selection for Andujar’s trial, the state challenged a prospective juror, but the court rejected the challenge. Prosecutors then checked the prospective juror's background and found a warrant and had him arrested. The court said bias may have played a role.