Jury selection is set to begin today for the second trial of a convicted sex offender accused of raping prostitutes.
Pierre D. West, 49, was convicted of two counts of second-degree rape, three counts of unlawful imprisonment, three counts of felony harassment and two counts of second-degree assault after a trial in May.
Those convictions were overturned in July after a juror acknowledged she knew West but had claimed otherwise during the selection process.
Opening statements in West’s second trial are expected this week before Judge Michael Price.
West has been in Spokane County Jail since his arrest in August 2007 on 15 felony counts after prostitutes claimed he’d terrorized them for years.
West acknowledged hiring prostitutes and enjoying rough sex, investigators said.