Jurors don't hear about ex-Detroit water boss' guilty plea

Former Detroit water boss Victor Mercado. (Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News)

Jurors were not told about former Detroit Water boss Victor Mercado’s guilty plea when the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial resumed Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds read a prepared instruction to jurors eight days after Mercado struck a plea deal that could put him in prison for 18 months.

“Mr. Mercado is no longer a part of this trial,” Edmunds told jurors. “I instruct you not to speculate as to the reason for his absence.”

Robert Snell
Robert Snell is the Detroit News federal courts reporter. He can be reached at rsnell@detnews.com or (313) 222-2028.