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Jul 11, 2013 8:41 AM

Ex-Texas Officer Appeals Teen Beating Case

HOUSTON - A former Houston police officer convicted in the videotaped beating of a 15-year-old burglary suspect during a daylight arrest is seeking a new trial, citing juror misconduct.

The Houston Chronicle reports attorneys for Drew Ryser say the jury foreman researched the case online outside the courtroom, looking up the word "mistreatment" and sharing the search results with fellow jurors.

The defense motion was filed Wednesday. Special prosecutor Tommy LaFon says the issue will be reviewed.

Jurors convicted Ryser last month of misdemeanor official oppression in the beating of Chad Holley in March 2010. Ryser was sentenced to two years of probation.

Holley was convicted of burglary and sentenced to probation, then last year was arrested on another burglary charge and sentenced in April to six months in jail.

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