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Update on testimony in day 2 of Jessie Haynes' trial
BEAUMONT - A Beaumont school board member and an internet journalist have testified in the second day of Jessie Haynes' trial on a charge of obstructing a public passageway.
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The BISD special assistant for communications is on trial in County Court at Law Number Three with Judge Langston Adams presiding.
She's charged with blocking a door inside the administration building August 1. Haynes blocked a door 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 rejected a plea offer Monday from the District Attorney's Office that would have led to one year deferred adjudication and a $1,000 fine in exchange for a guilty plea.
Attorneys picked a jury of three white men and three black men Monday.
Haynes has been on leave from her job for several months.
Trustee Mike Neil testified Tuesday and was followed on the witness stand by Jerry Jordan. Jurors watched video of the incident taken by a camera inside the administration building. The defense argued Neil didn't have the authority to approach or open the door. It said Neil should have gone to the superintendent, Dr. Timothy Chargois, for approval.