Mistrial Declared After Jefferson Parish President Speaks With Juror

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Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni is forcing a sexual battery trial to come to a halt right after getting started.

Right after the jury selection in the case against Rafael Chincilla, who is accused of sexual battery of a child under 13, the jury took a lunch break. Yenni crossed paths with the jurors and chatted with one of them, leading the judge to declare a mistrial.

No new trial date has been set.

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