Preliminary hearing for Cape man charged with perjury moved to June

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The preliminary hearing for a Cape Girardeau man charged with perjury was rescheduled to June on Wednesday.

Verdist Poindexter, 45, faces a perjury charge for allegedly failing to disclose he was biased against police when he was chosen as a juror in a felony drug trial, court records show. Poindexter was chosen as a juror in the January trial of Charles Anthony Robinson, who was accused of trafficking crack cocaine, court records show.

Jurors deliberated for less than half an hour before the trial ended because of a hung jury, Robinson's attorney Steve Wilson said. During deliberations, Poin­dexter told other jurors "that he did not trust the police, especially the 'Cape cops' and that he would vote 'not guilty' no matter what," a probable-cause statement said.

The 11 other jurors told the judge about the deadlock, and the judge declared a mistrial. The case is scheduled to be retried in June.

Poindexter is now scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. June 20.

Pertinent address:

1 Barton Square, Jackson, MO

Map of pertinent addresses

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