This is one way to get out of jury duty.
A 33-year-old juror reared back in his seat and passed out in a Douglas County District Courtroom on Tuesday – seizing up so much that his chair nearly toppled backward.
A fellow juror caught the chair and steadied the man until he came to.
The juror's collapse came about 12:20 p.m. as a witness detailed a photo of stabbing victim Ryan O'Donnell's heart.
The witness: Douglas County coroner's physician Dr. Michelle Elieff.
Elieff quickly tended to the juror as sheriff's deputies called for help.
You read that right: The juror passed out, then awoke to a coroner standing over him. Extremely pale, he drank a cup of water and, in the end, declined to be transported to a hospital for further treatment.
The other layer to the story: Defense attorneys for Anthony Utterback – the man who admitted to stabbing O'Donnell – had spent several minutes Tuesday morning arguing that the heart photo should not be shown because it would have undue influence on jurors.
District Judge Shelly Stratman allowed the photo.
She then excused the juror from any further jury duty after he passed out.
The weeklong trial now will proceed with 12 jurors and one alternate, instead of two.