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Testimony continues in the trial of Jessie Haynes
BEAUMONT - Testimony began Monday afternoon in the trial of Jessie Haynes. Six men-three whites and three blacks- are making up the jury.
Haynes is accused of obstructing a public passageway at the BISD administration building August 1st, 2013.
Trustee Mike Neil was the first witness called by the prosecution. He testified about tensions running high surrounding the redistricting of the school district. He also testified about what happened on the night in question. Video of the incident was entered into evidence.
Haynes has rejected an offer from prosecutors in her trial on a charge of obstructing a public passageway.
Jennifer Gordy reports the District Attorney's Office offered one year deferred adjudication and a $1,000 fine before jury selection began Monday morning. Judge Langston Adams in County Court at Law Number 3 is giving each side one hour to question potential jurors.
Haynes, the BISD communications director, is charged with obstructing a public passageway when she blocked a door following a board meeting.
Haynes blocked a door August 1 and prevented journalist Jerry Jordan and board member Mike Neil from entering a room where school district attorney Melody Chappell was answering questions.
Haynes said she blocked the door because she was told Jordan wasn't allowed inside. Neil said he tried to go inside the room to find out why Jordan was kept out.
If convicted of the Class B Misdemeanor, Haynes could face up to 180 days in jail and/or up to a $2,000 fine. In most cases, a first time conviction on such a charge leads to a fine and not jail time.
Haynes has been on assault leave from BISD since the August 1 incident.
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Her Houston attorney wanted to use a questionnaire for potential jurors but the judge isn't allowing it. He said the defense attorney should have presented it last week.