"This questioning is designed to allow the attorneys to seat an impartial jury,” said Judge Dan Wilson to the pool of potential jurors.
First, Prosser wanted to know if anyone knew him or his co-counsel, Scott Brown. Have any of you met or known: Sheriffs Kirkendall or Miller? Deputy Josh Stevens? Deputies Wonderlin or Phillips? How about our witness from the cell phone company? There were a few responses when a name matched up with an old boyfriend or schoolmate, though the jurors weren’t sure if it was the same person in at least two cases.
Prosser also wanted to know if anyone heard about the case. Of those present, 90 percent said they’d never read or seen anything about the shooting or the first trial. But there were six people who said they had, and that they had already formed an opinion.
The judge interviewed and dismissed those six. With a few released for personal reasons (illness, for example) the pool was reduced to about 70 possible jurors.
Jury selection will continue today.
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