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Trial postponed for lack of jury

WACO, TX - The trial of a man charged with his fifth DWI has had to be reset because a jury could not be seated.

Otho Prince Hill IV had been scheduled to go on trial on the charges this week, but a court spokesperson said it will have to be rescheduled for some as yet unspecified future date.

The problem came about because out of the jury panel called for this week's trials, so many jurors were either excused or found not qualified to serve that there were not enough left to fill a jury.

While this does not happen frequently, it has happened a few times in the past. 

In addition to those who were disqualified or excused, it is often the case that not everyone called for jury duty shows up.

There have been times in the past when a high profile trial was scheduled that a judge would order deputies to go out and round up those who have not shown up.

In the trial that was to have begun this week, Otho Hill had been charged with an incident in May 2015 - where he had been stopped after police had noticed racing on Valley Mills Drive, with the arrest affidavit saying he was stopped in the 3600 block of West Waco Drive.

It was determined that he had been driving while his license was suspended from prior DWI convictions, that he had a weapon in the vehicle, that he refused to participate in a field sobriety test and that he had four previous DWI convictions.


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