In the final round of individual questioning of jurors today, one additional juror was approved from the five called in. In addition, two jurors previously approved back in April were brought back in, queried, and OK’d to serve. As of yesterday, when 18 jurors were approved, the total number approved had hit 62 – but four of those previously approved jurors from April have since been excused. That brings the cumulative number down to 58 before today’s actions, and up to 61 now. So tomorrow morning, 61 prospective jurors will be called into the courtroom at 9:30 a.m., and both sides will exercise peremptory challenges to get the group down to the 12 jurors and three alternates who will decide whether Joseph Duncan will die for his crimes, or get life in prison without the possibility of release.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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