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Authorities investigating juror charged during Word of Faith Fellowship trial

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Perry Shade (Source: RCSO) Perry Shade (Source: RCSO)
RUTHERFORDTON, NC (AP) -

North Carolina authorities are investigating a juror who brought unauthorized documents to jury deliberations, causing a mistrial in the case of a minister charged with beating a gay congregant.

Rutherford County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Ricky McKinney told The Associated Press on Thursday his department and the prosecutor's office are investigating the actions of 71-year-old Perry Shade Jr.

McKinney said a gag order prevents him from saying more.

Jurors were deliberating Tuesday in the trial of Brooke Covington, a minister at Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina, when Shade was charged with contempt and sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Shade's son says his father "made a mistake" and wasn't trying to derail the trial by bringing in documents, including outdated case law.

According to the court's website, Covington is scheduled to reappear in court on July 17.

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