Juror removed in Salsbury rape trial

  • Arthur E. Salsbury Jr., at right, in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.  STAFF PHOTO/BERA DUNAU

Staff Writer
Published: 5/29/2019 4:15:49 PM

NORTHAMPTON – A juror was removed from the jury in the rape trial of former Ware tow-truck driver Arthur E. Salsbury Jr. and replaced with an alternate Wednesday.

Salsbury, 42, is accused of raping a woman in Dufresne Park in Granby in February 2018 after she got into a car with him in Holyoke. The woman has testified that she fled and hid in a nearby swamp after the alleged assault.

David Mintz, Salsbury’s defense attorney, has argued that what happened in the park was a case of sex for money, and that the accuser fabricated the rape accusation.

As a matter of policy, the Gazette does not typically identify victims of rape or sexual assault.

The jury began deliberating in the case Friday and resumed deliberations Tuesday, when they reported that they were deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict.

On Wednesday, it came to the court’s attention that one juror may have done independent research on the question of reasonable doubt.

A hearing was held, after which the juror in question was removed and replaced with an alternate. The jurors were then ordered by Judge John Agostini to start their deliberations again from the beginning.

In 2018, Salsbury was indicted on charges related to the alleged rapes of five women. Charges related to three of the alleged victims have been dropped, but the state is moving forward with two trials, one of which is Salsbury’s current trial.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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