Jury Selected For Burch Murder Trial

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After about four hours in court, a jury of eight men and six women has been selected for the murder trial of George Burch in the death of Nicole Vanderheyden.

The pool of 69 potential jurors brought in for the Burch trial was quickly whittled down as the judge started asking questions about the ability to be impartial.

30 jurors were initially selected to answer a series of yes or no questions. 

Some were excused for medical or religious reasons while others were excused due to relationships with witnesses in this case.

Another big factor in the jury pool was media coverage of the case – almost all jurors raised their hands when asked if they had heard or read anything on the case. 

The question was whether or not they will be able to be fair and impartial 

The judge explained to jurors that previous knowledge must be set aside. If a juror said that they would not be able to do that they were let go. 

The district attorney and defense attorneys then had a chance to ask questions.

Many of the questions were focused around whether or not potential jurors trusted Fitbit and smartphone GPS information, both of which a judge recently ruled will be allowed to be presented in this case.

The trial is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, and is expected to take two weeks to complete.

Stay tuned to Local 5 for more on this story as it develops.

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