Huguely trial: Jury pool narrowed
Day 2 of jury selection in the trial of George Huguely ended with 27 candidates to serve out of the pool of 160 citizens called– enough to set the jury when court resumes Wednesday morning.
The panel that determines the fate of Huguely, accused of six felony charges, including the murder of his former girlfriend, Yeardley Love, will be made up of 12 jurors and three alternates. Both the prosecution and defense each get to strike six jurors.
The original count of 27 jurors was expanded to 28 when one who made it through the first round of questioning on Monday told the judge she had airline tickets for the weekend of February 17. Attorneys wanted her excused to allow for the possibility of continuing the trial on Saturday, February 18, should that be necessary.
Media exposure to the case, personal connections to those involved in the case, and personal experiences with alcohol abuse or domestic violence continued to be issues attorneys focused on in eliminating people from the group of 40 called to appear at court Tuesday morning.
By lunch, three people had survived the questioning and were told to return, including two who said they had no knowledge of the case. Added to the 19 vetted yesterday, that put the count at 22 possible jurors.
One juror, who had worked at C-Ville Weekly as a graphic designer, was excused, as was Hook publisher Anna Harrison.
Around 4:30pm, another 40 people were called in, and by 6:30pm, enough candidates made the cut to be eligible for the final 15.
The first witnesses scheduled to be called Wednesday morning are Sharon Love and Lexie Love, mother and sister of the victim.