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Salmonella trial could take months

Sign at the Peanut Corporation of America Sign at the Peanut Corporation of America
Defendant Michael Parnell (in white shirt) Defendant Michael Parnell (in white shirt)
Defendant Stewart Parnell (in pink shirt) Defendant Stewart Parnell (in pink shirt)
Peanut butter in a shipping container Peanut butter in a shipping container
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia could last for months.

U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands told more than 70 potential jurors that at least 12 weeks may be needed for the proceedings.

Several jurors expressed concerns about the length of the trial when asked.

Questioning for the jurors finished late Wednesday afternoon, after 10 of them were released from the trial. Jurors were asked questions by Judge Sands during the process, such as, "Have you or any of your family members had salmonella? And if so, would that impact your ability to fairly serve on the jury?"

One of the jurors said it would.

The jury striking process is expected to begin Thursday morning. 52 Jurors were ordered to report back to court at 8:30 a.m.

Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, his food broker brother Michael Parnell, and Georgia plant quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson were indicted in February 2013, charged with shipping salmonella tainted peanuts and covering up lab results showing the nuts tested positive for the bacteria.

Nine people died and more than 700 were sickened in the outbreak that happened between 2008 and 2009.

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