Photo of murdered pregnant woman makes juror pass out
A female juror passed out Thursday at the sight of a gruesome photo in the murder trial of a Bronx woman charged with killing her pregnant pal and carving out her baby.
The Bronx Supreme Court trial came to a halt when, during the graphic testimony of medical examiner Declan Mcguone, prosecutors entered photos of the victim's mutilated body from her Nov. 21, 2015 autopsy.
The forensic pathologist stood and pointed to an enlarged image of victim Angelikque Sutton’s detached uterus and umbilical cord on a big-screen TV, just feet from the jury box.
Angelikque Sutton was eight and a half months pregnant. (Photo: Facebook)
That’s when Justice Margaret Clancy noticed Juror No. 7, a middle-aged woman, was out cold and slumped in her seat and cleared the courtroom.
The witness put his medical training into action and checked the unconscious juror's vitals as court officers emptied at least two dozen onlookers from the gallery around 3:10 p.m.
"It appears the juror fainted," the judge announced after the roughly 45-minute recess, during which an ambulance transported the woman for a hospital check-up.
The judge told the rest of the jury their colleague was awake but adjourned the trial of suspect Ashleigh Wade to Friday.
"That must have shook you guys up, like it did everyone, when the juror was unresponsive," Clancy said before dismissing the group.
Clancy had taken the rare step during jury selection of offering a free pass to opt out of jury duty due to the grisly nature of the case.
Mcguone testified that the 22-year-old victim died from multiple stab and wounds on and around her neck, and bled out before the baby was removed.
Prosecutors say Wade coldly and carefully killed Sutton to save the child she would later steal. Jurors saw photos of cuts around her mouth and on her neck.
Wade, 23, is accused of faking a pregnancy for months before murdering Sutton on Nov. 20, 2015 at her Monticello Ave. apartment in the Wakefield section of the Bronx.
The baby, Jenasis, miraculously survived the ordeal.
Wade briefly tried to pass off the infant as her own before cops arrested her, authorities said.
A lawyer for Wade has argued she was not in her right mind at the time of the killing.