Former O. J. Simpson juror dead in apparent murder suicide
June 26, 2008 at 2:15 PM CDT - Updated July 3 at 5:01 PM
A Hattiesburg man who was once a juror in the O.J. Simpson murder trial and later wrote a book about his experience is dead, along with his wife in an apparent murder-suicide.
Hattiesburg police were called to the 100 block of Hillendale Drive about midnight Wednesday after family members were unable to contact 67-year-old Judith Kennedy.
Police found Kennedy and her 65-year-old husband Tracy dead inside the house. The Kennedy's died of gunshot wounds, authorities said. There are reports two handguns were found near the bodies. It is not known how long the pair had been dead. It is also not known how long the Kennedy's had lived in Hattiesburg after retiring and moving south from California.
Tracy Kennedy was juror number 602 in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. According to court information, at the time he was a high school teacher. He was dismissed from the jury after apparently lying about having juror information on his notebook computer.
Kennedy and his wife later co-authored a book called " The Mistrial of the Century." According to reviews, the book was not so much about Simpson or the trial but the effects on Kennedy of being sequestered for so long during the trial, which lead to a suicide attempt on his part.
Police are officially calling it a double death investigation. However, 7 ON YOUR SIDE has learned that Ms. Kennedy recently filed for divorce.