Jury selection for the murder trial of Jeffery Trevino slowed down immensely Tuesday morning as items in the questionnaire have prompted lawyers to interview potential jurors one-by-one.
The detailed jury selection process could take one to two hours per juror, meaning the entire process could take two or three days. A total of 54 people are being screened, but only 14 jurors will be selected, including two alternates.
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By 4:45 p.m., eight jurors had been selected and several were dismissed. The jurors selected include:
- A woman who recently graduated from college and works locally as a nanny
- A woman who left a long career in software development
- A woman who is a self-employed health care consultant and is married to an attorney
- A man who serves as a pastor in St. Paul
- A man who lives in communal religious housing and hasn't heard about the case
- A divorced man who works in wholesale produce managing drivers and warehouse staff
- A man who is a well-educated 3M engineer
- An older man who has experience working on helicopters and is a sailing enthusiast
Among the dismissed were a woman who witnessed the search for Kira Steger on Keller Lake and man whose loved ones were attacked and stabbed 20 years ago; he said the case would bring back memories. Others admitted their opinions would be influenced by pre-trial publicity.
On Monday, all potential jurors were asked to complete an 11-page, written questionnaire. FOX 9 News requested to see the questionnaire, but the judge denied the request.
LONG WITNESS LIST
The trial is expected to last up to three weeks and it's possible 55 witnesses could be called to testify because prosecutors are facing a lot of pressure in what has shaped up to be a largely circumstantial case against Jeffery Trevino.
Trevino is accused of murdering his 30-year-old wife, Kira, in late February inside the rental home the couple shared with a roommate in St. Paul. Her body was missing until May 8, when a mechanic working on a barge noticed what he thought was a human shoulder in debris floating in the Mississippi River near downtown St. Paul.