Matarranz v. StateAnnotate this Case
After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree murder and burglary. Defendant appealed, alleging that the trial court's failure to remove a prospective juror for cause resulted in a denial of his right to a fair and impartial jury as guaranteed by the state and federal constitutions. The court of appeal affirmed, concluding that the juror was competent to serve. The Supreme Court quashed the decision of the third district and remanded for a new trial, holding that the juror demonstrated during voir dire that she could not fulfill her role as a fair and impartial arbiter and thus should have been excused for cause.