Published: 13:33, 10 November 2020
| Updated: 17:09, 10 November 2020
Trials at Covid-hit Maidstone Crown Court have been put on hold - pending an investigation by health officials.
Three jurors sitting on the murder trial involving a man accused of stabbing to death a friend have tested positive for the virus.
Now the remaining nine have been ordered to self-isolate at home while experts from Public Health England inspect the building.
A decision will then be taken whether or not it is safe to continue with speeches and summing up - once the court has been ruled safe again.
The trial of former Ebbsfleet and Dartford footballer, Andre Trenton was called off just minutes before a jury was expected to be sworn in at the start of the hearing.
Judge Charles Gratwicke told lawyers and members of the family "We cannot put the health of potential jurors at risk - nor, indeed, members of staff.
"The situation is regrettable but there is nothing I can do."
Audi A1 Sport driver Trenton was giving a lift to 15-year-old Georgia Mann in October 2018 along the A249 near Sittingbourne when a collision happened.
The 21-year-old of Malvern Road, Gillingham, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of causing death by careless driving.
A new date for the trial will be given later.
Others called for jury service were also sent home pending a decision by public health officials.