Juror dismissed from Detroit underwear bomb trial

October 6, 2011 - 12:35 PM
Airline Attack

In this courtroom drawing, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab appears in U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds' courtroom in Detroit, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Jury selection in the trial of the Nigerian man accused of trying to bring down a jetliner with a bomb in his underwear got under way in Detroit with a dozen people accepted into the jury pool and four excused. The government alleges Abdulmutallab says he wanted to become a martyr when he boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in Amsterdam on Christmas 2009. In the background is U.S. District (AP Photo/Jerry Lemenu)

DETROIT (AP) — A juror from Nigeria was dismissed Thursday shortly after being selected for the trial of a Nigerian man accused of trying to bring down an international flight with a bomb in his underwear.

About a half-hour after 12 jurors and four alternates were selected for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's trial, U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds told attorneys, "we have a problem with a juror."

Edmunds then dismissed a woman identified a day earlier as being from Abdulmutallab's home country. The judge did not elaborate or explain the dismissal in court.

Lawyers had not objected to keeping the woman in the jury pool when she was questioned in court Wednesday. She had said on a jury questionnaire that she was "embarrassed" on Christmas 2009, when Abdulmutallab is accused of trying to detonate a bomb in his underwear on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit.

"We all feel it as a community," the woman had said in court.

She will be now be replaced by one of the four alternates and a new alternate will be chosen.