Joe Senser accused of talking to jury members in wife's hit-and-run trial

WCCO reports the former Vikings star was scolded by the judge when back on the witness stand Thursday morning. Prosecutor Deborah Russell claims Joe Senser had inappropriate contact with at least two members of the jury after court adjourned Wednesday.
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WCCO reports the former Vikings star was scolded by the judge when back on the witness stand Thursday morning. Prosecutor Deborah Russell claims Joe Senser had inappropriate contact with at least two members of the jury after court adjourned Wednesday.

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