Posted: 11:59 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2013
By Rick Couri
Katheryne Diop was supposed to be sitting in judgment of Devon Thomas but it turns out she was in love.
The district attorney in the Bronx has now begun an investigation into the relationship between the juror and convicted man after the first trial ended in a hung jury and a mistrial.
Thomas was accused of second degree manslaughter in the death of Abdoul Toure.
Toure's mother told the New York Post Thomas "tried to start a relationship with her (Diop) during the first trial for his own benefit."
She also claims Diop pushed the jurors to acquit Thomas but the woman denies that charge.
Thomas was eventually convicted of second degree manslaughter and now jailers say Diop "visits him more often than his own family."
Even more bizarre may have been how the second trial ended.
When the guilty verdict was read Thomas looked at Diop who was in the crowd and blew her a kiss.
For the record Diop says "I'm not the reason for the hung jury or the mistrial, I had no relationship with Devon before or during the trial."