Chandler Halderson tested positive for COVID-19 midway through second week of testing
MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – In a surprising turning point in Chandler Halderson’s trial, the accused tested positive for COVID-19 and the trial will be postponed.
The judge gave the floor to the lawyers so that they could decide on how to proceed with the trial. The state said it would defer to the judge’s decision.
The defense told the judge Chandler Halderson had symptoms before December 29, 2021 and his symptoms eased after that, meaning they don’t think he was newly infected with the virus.
The defense also said Chandler was not near the jury and everyone was masked.
Both the prosecution and defense lawyers have stressed that they do not want the trial set aside.
Prison protocol states that inmates should be held in solitary confinement for 10 days. The judge will contact prison employees to see if they can make an exception to this.
The trial will be postponed, but it will not be an annulment of the trial. The jury will meet on Wednesday morning to be informed of the development of the situation.
According to prison records, Chandler Halderson is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It is not known if he received a recall.
Dane County Jail announced Monday that all inmates are being tested for COVID-19 as a record number of cases were reported there.
The 23-year-old from Dane County is accused of killing his parents, Bart and Krista Halderson. Day six of testifying was over when news of Chandler Halderson’s diagnosis arrived.
The trial is expected to last up to three weeks.
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