Jury selection process could stretch to third week in Arbery murder trial

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 12:36 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2021 at 6:39 PM EDT
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (WTOC) - The process of selecting a jury for the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial was supposed to take two weeks, but it will now likely stretch into a third week.

The third group of twenty jurors was sent home Tuesday after it became clear the court wouldn’t get to them today. So, that’s creating a domino effect, where the next dozen or so jury groups are being pushed back a day.

That means it’s going to take three weeks to do them all.

Judge Timothy Walmsley voiced some frustration with the pace of jury selection before lunch Tuesday and told the prosecution and defense they need to speed up the process.

Judge Walmsley said the court doesn’t have the ability to keep potential jurors waiting too long. He added at the current rate, the planned schedule won’t work.

At last check, half of the second group to be questioned so far this week has already been disqualified.

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The first day of the jury selection process began around 1 p.m. and finished around 6:30 p.m. Monday night.

In the at first group, one juror pulled aside for individual questioning said he didn’t want to be there, and that he didn’t want other people’s lives in his hands.

Another juror said “none of this makes me feel good” about the outcome of the case, whatever the outcome is.

In that first group of 20 Monday, jurors were asked if they have a negative feeling toward Travis McMichael, and at least seven jurors raised their hand. And at least nine jurors raised a hand when asked the same about Greg McMichael, almost half of the potential jurors in the room at the time.

The jury pool this week is made up of 600 potential jurors. Ultimately, just 12 jurors and 4 alternates will be chosen to decide the outcome of the trial.

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