The State Supreme Court rejected claims by an attorney for an accused triple murderer in Ventura County that there was bias in the grand jury which indicted the man.
The attorney for Joshua Graham Packer contended that the presence of a Ventura County County Sheriff’s Department employee on the grand jury tainted the grand jury. Prosecutors questioned the juror prior to hearing the case, to try to insure it wouldn’t be an issue.
The Ventura man is accused of stabbing to death Brock and Davina Husted in May of 2009 at the couple’s Faria Beach home, during an attempted burglary. Davina Husted was pregnant at the time, leading to the third murder count.
The State Supreme Court dismissed the appeal without comment.
Packer pled not guilty to the charges. The Ventura County District Attorney’s office is seeking the death penalty in the case.