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Jury Selection Begins In Reese Slaying

Jury selection began Monday for the trial of Kevin Boot, one of two Spokane teenagers accused of kidnapping and killing Felicia Reese in 1994.

Seventy-five potential jurors are being interviewed for the panel, a process Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen expects to last until Thursday.

Noting “extensive” pretrial publicity about the case, defense attorney Richard Fasy said he may ask that the trial be moved to Yakima.

Eitzen, who last year rejected a request for a change of venue, said she will wait until jurors here have a chance to be screened before again discussing such a move.

Boot, 18, and his cousin, Jerry Boot, 17, are charged with abducting Reese, 22, as she arrived at the Sheraton-Spokane Hotel on Dec. 27, 1994, for a Christian conference.

The Boots admit forcing Reese into the back seat of her car, robbing her of $43 and driving her to a North Side park. Each accuses the other of shooting her in the head.

They are charged with aggravated first-degree murder and, if convicted, face life in prison without parole.

Jerry Boot, whose trial is scheduled to start next month, is appealing a law that requires he be automatically tried as an adult. The appeal is currently before the state Supreme Court.

, DataTimes