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The Black Sunday juror accused of inappropriate contact with a firefighter handed over two Facebook messages Friday to a Bronx judge, who will decide the fate of a guilty verdict.
The landlord of the building where two firefighters died in January 2005 was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in February. Defense lawyers for Cesar Rios say Karen Krell, a juror in the case, contacted a firefighter who survived the fire that killed two comrades.
"I'm awed at what you and others went through," read a part of one of the two messages Krell sent to firefighter Brendan Cawley. That first message was allegedly sent during the trial, and a second was allegedly sent after the jury handed down the verdict.
The judge could decide to toss the guilty verdict against Rios.
Firefighter John Bellew, of Pearl River, was one of two firefighters that died in the fire.