Judge in Jennifer Ross Murder Postpones Jury Selection - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

11/06/06

Judge in Jennifer Ross Murder Postpones Jury Selection

Michael Thorpe (defendant images from the WTOC file). Michael Thorpe (defendant images from the WTOC file).
Webster Wilson Webster Wilson
Kevin Huckabee Kevin Huckabee

The judge presiding over the Jennifer Ross murder trial has decided to postpone the actual jury selection until Thursday morning. 

This is the third day attorneys have been questioning potential jurors. Ross was shot during a robbery attempt in downtown Savannah last Christmas Eve. 

The men on trial for her murder are Michael Thorpe, Webster Wilson and Kevin Huckabee.

Judge Penny Haas Freesemann said she is pushing back the actually jury selection because they could not get all the previously qualified jurors back to the Chatham County Courthouse by 2pm, in time for jury selection to take place.  

Judge Freesemann has qualified 49 jurors, more than enough to select a jury of 12 men and women, plus two alternates.

Tomorrow morning, attorneys from the defense and prosecution will each get to strike 12 jurors without cause, and they get three strikes for each alternate. 

Once a jury is seated the attorneys will begin their opening arguments. 

Court will resume at 9am tomorrow. WTOC will have the latest on today's proceedings on THE News at 5 and 6 and here at wtoc.com.

Reported by Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com  

Our Michelle Paynter will be at the courthouse throughout the trial. Once opening arguments begin, check her Jennifer Ross Murder Trial blog for frequent daytime updates.

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