Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Emily Rimel: Jury selection continues for suspect's trial

This could take a while.
Story from
Jury pool narrowed to 97 in murder trial
Saturday, February 24,
Lindsey Bruce, convicted of kidnapping a girl, is accused of killing
Ninety-seven Franklin County residents filled out questionnaires
yesterday in the first step for choosing a jury in the death-penalty trial of
Lindsey Bruce.
Bruce, 25, is serving a 10-year sentence for kidnapping
5-year-old Emily Rimel from her Madison Township bedroom on Dec. 7, 2004. He was
indicted on aggravated-murder charges last June after Rimel’s skull was found in
Big Walnut Creek.
Bruce, who wore close-cropped hair and beard, and shackles
beneath his gray suit, sat between attorneys Christopher Cooper and Donald
Schumacher as Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Patrick Sheeran swore in the
jury pool.
The pool began with 105, but eight candidates were dismissed
because of medical issues, trying circumstances at home or work, the impending
birth of a first child, or a planned and paid-for vacation. The court sent 300
Bruce’s attorneys and Assistant County Prosecutors Tim Mitchell
and Jennifer Rausch will spend the weekend reviewing more than 1,000 pages of
responses before starting to question potential jurors next week.
selection is expected to take more than five days, and the trial could last
longer than two weeks, Sheeran said.

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