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Murder defendant called his brother from jail and gave jurors' and prosecutors' names

  • Defendant Tavaress Alexander Wilson told his brother in the call: 'The jurors need to pray on it' 
  • Wilson was said to have given his brother the name of the four men and two women in the jury along with two names of prosecutors 
  • His lawyer claimed that the call was for strictly religious reasons
  • 'There's no appropriate reason to give out the names other than a nefarious purpose,' said a prosecutors on the case
  • He was found guilty for second-degree felony murder with a firearm, burglary with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and two animal cruelty charges

By Associated Press and Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com

Published: 07:54 EDT, 16 May 2018 | Updated: 12:14 EDT, 16 May 2018

A Florida judge delivered what he called a 'bombshell' after a jury convicted a man of murder. 

He said the defendant had called his brother from jail and given him the names of the six jurors and two prosecutors sparking fears their safety could be at risk.

Defendant Tavaress Alexander Wilson, 29, told his brother in the call: 'The jurors need to pray on it.' 

Wilson was said to have given his brother the name of the four men and two women in the jury along with two names of prosecutors, according to the Sun-Sentinel. 

Defendant Tavaress Alexander Wilson told his brother in the call: 'the jurors need to pray on it'
Defendant Tavaress Alexander Wilson told his brother in the call: 'the jurors need to pray on it'

Defendant Tavaress Alexander Wilson told his brother in the call: 'the jurors need to pray on it'

His lawyer claimed that the call was for strictly religious reasons. 

'There's no appropriate reason to give out the names other than a nefarious purpose,' said a prosecutor on the case. 

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath told jurors Tuesday that while it's 'unsettling', there's no reason for them to be scared. 

Detectives found no evidence of an actual threat against the four men and two women on the jury. 

'I want to reassure you about your safety,' the judge added. 'I know this is unsettling. It's unsettling to me … Nothing had happened as a result of the names being given out.' 

The 29-year-old was said to have given his brother the name of the four men and two women in the jury along with two names of prosecutors
The 29-year-old was said to have given his brother the name of the four men and two women in the jury along with two names of prosecutors

The 29-year-old was said to have given his brother the name of the four men and two women in the jury along with two names of prosecutors

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath told jurors Tuesday that while it's 'unsettling,' there's no reason for them to be scared
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath told jurors Tuesday that while it's 'unsettling,' there's no reason for them to be scared

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath told jurors Tuesday that while it's 'unsettling,' there's no reason for them to be scared

Cobalth explained to the jurors that their names are on public record under Florida law and that phone calls made from the jail are monitored as well. 

He was found guilty for second-degree felony murder with a firearm, burglary with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and two animal cruelty charges
He was found guilty for second-degree felony murder with a firearm, burglary with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and two animal cruelty charges

He was found guilty for second-degree felony murder with a firearm, burglary with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and two animal cruelty charges

The judge added that he refused to disclose the information sooner as 'it would have skewed your ability to be fair' when going over the trial's evidence. 

He denied a motion, on Monday, to have the call used by prosecution while they questioned Wilson. 

Wison faces up to life in prison but will be sentenced at a later date. 

He has lost all phone privileges and is only able to contact his public defender. Wilson asked to call his mother but the judge said he will decide on that at a later date. 

Wilson was found guilty on charges for second-degree felony murder with a firearm, burglary with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and two animal cruelty charges. 

While Wilson didn't pull the trigger that eventually killed his 23-year-old accomplice, he was convicted in his death after the duo attempted a home burglary only to be confronted by the owner. 

The homeowner's Pitbull and Yorkie were killed in the incident, according to CBS 12. 

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