Detective questioned about Jerice Hunter's purchases

There are jury issues in the Jerice Hunter murder trial. One of the jurors was dismissed.

Hunter is on trial, accused of killing her 5-year-old daughter Jhessye Shockley.

A total of six jurors were questioned separately and privately in court.

In the end, one of those jurors was dismissed, and the judge did not say why. The court ordered that the juror not talk about his dismissal until after the trial is over.

After the juror had been dismissed, the trial went on. Surveillance video from Walgreens was shown to the jury. The video shows Hunter buying groceries including bleach, two days before her daughter Jhessye was reported missing.

"Did you recognize that white bottle from something you saw in the defendant's apartment, and what was it?" asked a prosecutor.

"A bottle of bleach," replied Glendale Police Detective Roger Geisler.

Two days later, Hunter reported Jhessye missing. Police believe she put her daughter's body in a duffel bag or suitcase and threw it away in a dumpster in Tempe.

"Would a 55 pound child fit in the suitcase that you showed Somia?" asked the prosecutor.

"Yes," replied Det. Geisler.

"And did she indicate that was the approximate size?" asked the prosecutor.

"Yes," said Geisler.

Defense attorneys want to know why toothbrushes in the house were never matched to Jhessye to get her DNA.

"When you say you weren't able to determine it. It really wasn't a part of your investigation to try and find out at that point?" asked the defense attorney during a cross-examination.

"No," replied Geisler.

Defense attorneys also pointed out that Jhessye's profile is still listed as a missing child on a website for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Her body has yet to be discovered.

The trial is set to continue on Tuesday, starting at 10:30 a.m.
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