Night Stalker juror was murdered during serial killer’s trial

The more you look into the case of serial killer Richard Ramirez – the more twisted it becomes.

Netflix's Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer docuseries takes a look at the investigation leading to the killer being found, his arrest and trial.

But what the series won't tell you is the strange circumstances surrounding the trial.

One juror was dismissed for falling asleep during the trial, another fell in love with the killer – and a third was murdered just before deliberations started.

The murder was not related to the proceedings in any way, but the trial was delayed because of it.

Phyllis Yvonne Singletary, 30, was fatally shot following a domestic dispute with her boyfriend.

Phyllis failed to show up for jury deliberations at 9.30am on Monday, August 14 1989.

When court officials were unsuccessful at reaching her by phone, police went to her apartment.

Her body was found, and it was clear she had suffered “a physical beating prior to being shot” multiple times, according to Los Angeles County sheriff Deputy Bill Wehner.

He added: “Based on the physical evidence at the location, as well as witness information, we were able to more or less determine that her death was a result of a domestic dispute between her and her live-in boyfriend, James Melton.”

However, Melton died by suicide after he had been sought for questioning about the murder of Phyllis. He had left a confession, saying he had killed his girlfriend in a domestic dispute.

After the murder of the juror, many were worried it would lead to a mistrial.

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But luckily, Superior Court Judge Michael A Tynan appointed an alternate to replace her.

The judge said: ″It is tragic. But what happened to her does not add or diminish to the evidence of whether Mr Ramirez is guilty or innocent.”

The jury was understandably shaken by the loss of their colleague, and the woman who was chosen to replace her was reportedly so scared she couldn’t walk home.

But the jurors were reassured the murder had nothing to do with the case, and on September 20, 1989, the jury found Ramirez guilty of 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries.

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After receiving the death sentence, Ramirez said: “No big deal. Death always came with the territory. See you in Disneyland.”

Ramirez lived out the rest of his days on Death Row at San Quentin State Prison, and died of natural causes in 2013.

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