Thus far (Day 1 of jury selection)
Today I am covering the beginning of the Letecia Stauch jury trial, which is expected to be a six week long trial. Stauch is accused of killing her stepson Gannon in 2020. We begin today with jury selection.
Jury selection is expected to last 2 weeks, partly due to concerns over media exposure and concerns over the sensitive nature of the evidence that will be presented. The main concern though, according to Judge Gregory Werner, is juror’s availability for a full six weeks.
Jury selection is expected to last ~2 weeks, goal is to eventually get to a 16-person jury, four of which will be deemed alternates prior to the start of testimony. Opening statements are scheduled to begin on the afternoon of April 3, even if jury selection is completed sooner
They currently still got us waiting in the hallway, but will try and tweet updates as we get going!
Around 75 people called in to start the day, and as expected almost all of them thus far have indicated the length of the trial would "significantly" impact their lives. Common reasonings so far include college, work and vacations.
Even less than 30 minutes in it's clear why this process will take two weeks, not many people can accommodate a full six-week jury trial into their lives.