MACON, Ga. — A jury was deliberating the fate of a man charged with molesting an 11-year-old girl when his body was found in a Georgia park.
The Macon Telegraph reports 39-year-old Jermaine Bernard Anthony was present when his trial started Monday, but missed court sessions Wednesday and Thursday. Georgia law doesn't require a defendant to be present once a trial has begun, and Anthony had posted bail.
His parents were in court, and he had told them he'd be there. They filed a missing person report Wednesday after their phone calls went to his voicemail.
The former gravedigger's body was found the next day. The Telegraph reported that he apparently killed himself with a gunshot to the head.
Judge Howard Z. Simms declared a mistrial.