AUGUSTA — The first scheduled jury trial since the coronavirus shut down Maine courts in March was postponed due to COVID-19.
An operating under the influence of intoxicating substances trial scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Capitol Judicial Center in Augusta was postponed by Justice William Stokes after the state’s main witness reported a possible coronavirus exposure.
“His 16-month-old daughter was required, was being required, to take a COVID test because she had been, I think, sent home from daycare with a fever. In addition to that I think the doctor advised him to self-quarantine until the test results are back,” said Augusta attorney Darrick Banda.
The state filed a motion to have the witness testify by video conference but the defense objected.
When the trial will take place has not been decided.