Shaniya Davis: Twelve Jurors Finally Seated for Mario McNeill Trial; Four Alternates to Follow

Mario McNeill at his February 2012 arraignment for the murder of Shaniya Davis; twelve jurors have been seated (Courtesy: Cranky Crankerson @ Photobucket)

I’m on another computer for a short while because of technical difficulties with the other raggedy laptop, but this cropped up yesterday.  The jury has been seated in the Mario McNeill trial; four alternates must be chosen.  I think then the defense counsel will present their stack of motions to Judge Ammons and he’ll rule on all or some; and finally the trial itself can begin.  From the Fayetteville Observer:

The 11th and 12th jurors were seated Tuesday in the Mario McNeill murder trial in Cumberland County Superior Court.

The jurors are to consider whether McNeill is guilty of the rape and murder in 2009 of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis.

The jury has eight women and four men. The prosecution and defense will need to seat an additional three or four alternate jurors to stand ready to join the panel should any of the original 12 drop out over the next seven weeks that the trial is expected to run.

The 12-member jury is being called back in this morning at 9:30. Jurors will be questioned about possible exposure to pre-trial media publicity. On April 10, during the open[ing] first week of the trial, Judge Jim Ammons said he was going to bring back the first seven jurors selected and re-emphasize his orders to refrain from having conversations or reading and watching news about the case.

Today marks their first day back in the courtroom.

No doubt, things will speed up after this week has concluded.  If anything else crops up, I’ll try to post it as soon as humanly possible.

~ by blksista on April 17, 2013.

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