And we're off. The first day of Charles Severanc'es murder trial. Has begun.
Most of today will be spent choosing a jury. One prospective juror has already
Judge Randy Bellows will allow Severance's defense team to question the final 14 jurors about the mass shooting in Oregon and their familiarity with the case.
The defense also plans to call as a witness a man, who neighbors and other witnesses may have mistaken for Charles Severance.
Defense says that witnesses reported seeing Severance in the neighborhood in the weeks and days before Ron Kirby was killed.
100 jurors will be questioned today - 25 at a time.
Judge instructs prospective jurors that the death penalty is not a possible punishment if Severance were found guilty.
Jurors being asked if they can serve the full six-week trial. Work, school, health concerns have been raised so far.
One prospective juror works for a U.S. Senator - Alabama's Jeff Sessions. She worries she'd have to work at night and weekends to keep up with the letters and emails to his office. Sessions, a former prosecutor, would be happy for her to serve - duration of the trial is the concern. At least two other prospective jurors are federal contractors - working to wrap up contracts.
End of federal fiscal year a factor for a number of prospective jurors.
Eight have been excused. More than half asked to be dismissed for work, school, or other conflicts.
Woman dismissed after explaining her husband broke his leg and she's responsible for caring for him as well as her 4-year-old and 8-year-old. He needs me to bath him....Judge cuts her off and allows her to leave
Concern raised that jury pool posting on Facebook about the case they've been called to serve on.
Will be addressed with individual jurors as jury selection continues.
Back from lunch. Judge Bellows reminds potential jurors they can't post about the trial on social media.
Wide ranging jury pool from a house cleaner, body shop worker to businessmen and federal workers.
Judge says another 50 potential jurors will come in Tuesday morning after today weeded out 46 who couldn't serve the full six weeks the trial is expected to take. Judge expects to begin asking jury pool about pre-trial publicity in the afternoon.
Good morning! We're awaiting the start of the first full day of trial. Attorneys will make their opening statements to the jury.
Prosecution opens with photos of the three victims on the TV screens shown to the jury. Each was killed near his or her front door, all in the same neighborhood, less than 1 mile apart.
Prosecution: These killings terrorized a community.
After losing custody of his infant son Levi, he deteriorated into hate of government and public officials. His writings glorify violence and revenge killings.