February 10, 1996 in Nation/World

Jury Seated In Abortion Clinic Slayings

 

A jury was seated Friday for the trial of John C. Salvi III, accused of murder in the shooting deaths of two abortion clinic receptionists.

Nine women and seven men were chosen from a pool of more than 150 candidates, which had been narrowed to 52 by Friday morning. Four are to be named alternates.

The group is to meet Tuesday morning to tour the two Brookline abortion clinics where the shootings occurred Dec. 30, 1994. Opening arguments were scheduled for Wednesday.

If convicted of murder, Salvi could receive up to life in prison without parole.

Salvi, who has disrupted previous court appearances by knocking over furniture, shouting and trying to pass letters to reporters, displayed little emotion Friday. Bailiffs had to tackle him and carry him out on Thursday.


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