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Neighbor accused of lying under oath in connection with murder trial that has South Forsyth ties

DAWSONVILLE — A neighbor of Herman James "Bo" Seppenfield VII , who is on trial for the 2014 murder of a youth recreation coach, was taken into custody at the Dawson County Government Center this morning, accused of lying under oath.

Wendi Lee Howard said she overheard a conversation between an elderly man and a juror on the case as she entered the courthouse just before 9 a.m. Monday.

Under oath, she testified that the man told the juror, "Do me a favor, find him guilty."

Seppenfield is charged with felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the death of 37-year-old Brandon Weaver, a father of three of 1995 South Forsyth High School graduate.

The man Howard contended had spoke to the juror was identified as Lewis Darnell of Cumming. He was at the courthouse in support of Weaver's family.

Darnell testified under oath that the conversation in question never happened.

The juror, who has not been named, also testified that no one had made any attempt to talk to him about the case this morning.

The juror was then released and returned to continue deliberations with the full jury.

The jury deliberated for more than five hours on Friday before being dismissed until 9 a.m. this morning. The deliberations are ongoing.