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Heyworth man charged with harassing jurors

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BLOOMINGTON – A Heyworth man is charged with harassing jurors in a trial against him on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge from last year.

Steve M. Abdullah, 31, is charged with two counts of harassment of jurors, Class 2 felonies, 11 counts of communication with jurors, Class 4 felonies, and one count of attempted communication with a juror, a Class A misdemeanor.

His wife, Rosa Toledo, 32, also was charged with two counts of harassment of jurors, 11 counts of communication with jurors and one count of attempted communication with a juror.

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The trial began Monday and it entered a recess overnight, but jurors informed the court that they may be deadlocked on a verdict, which Abdullah became aware of, prosecutors said.

When jurors returned to the courthouse, Abdullah and the victim in the domestic battery case stood in a hallway with signs and made statements to the jurors, according to a probable cause statement.

Abdullah began “yelling loudly” at the jurors, stating he has a business and that he’s "a good guy,” prosecutors said.

The victim in the domestic battery case also held signs reading “He is innocent” and “I hit him first,” prosecutors said.

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Abdullah was later found in possession of pieces of paper that read “Please help me, I am innocent,” “I am not a bad guy,” and other statements that he is employed and has a child.

He later attempted to distribute his business cards to a juror, prosecutors said.

A mistrial was declared in the domestic battery case.

Abdullah remains jailed in lieu of posting $15,035.

An arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 25.