San Antonio: Jury Selected in Marmolejo Murder Retrial
POSTED: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 8:01am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 9:57am
Update: 7:30 p.m. - Just before 6 this evening a jury was finally selected in the David Marmolejo trial. Seven men and seven women will decide Marmolejo's fate. Two of the jurors are alternates, but not even they know if they're an alternate.
It took nearly 9 hours from the time the juror arrived for them to be selected. Because the selection was so long, the judge decided to begin the trial tomorrow. Trial will begin tomorrow at 8 in the morning, El Paso time.
We will be there and let you know what happens.
(All times in this story will be on El Paso, Mountain Standard time, unless otherwise noted)
UPDATE: 1:55 - After several hours of questioning, a jury still has not been picked. Court took a short 30 minute break.
When court was ready to resume, dozens of potential jurors still lined the halls of the Justice Center Courthouse in San Antonio. In the end only 14 will be left. We're told the jury should be picked by 4 p.m.
After that the trial should begin, starting with opening arguments. Proceedings could go until 7 tonight or later. We of course will keep you posted on any updates.
UPDATE: 9:18 am - Jury selection has been slightly delayed in the David Marmolejo murder trial in San Antonio. Things are expected to get started a little after 9:30 a.m., El Paso time.
As of right now we don't know if the media will be allowed inside the courtroom during jury selection, because it is expected to be standing room only.
The judge also said the trial should get started around 2:30 this afternoon, San Antonio Time. Proceedings are expected to continue until 8 p.m.
The courtroom in San Antonio is only being held for two weeks. So the judge has asked both sides to streamline evidence.
SAN ANTONIO - Jury selection in the retrial of accused killer David Marmolejo is set to get underway this morning at 10 a.m., Central Time.
Extensive media coverage of the first trial is why Judge Gonzalo Garcia moved the trial to the 226th District Court in San Antonio, Texas.
The court room is only being held for two weeks. So, Judge Garcia has asked both sides of the case to streamline their evidence in order to move things along faster.
The first trial took two weeks and ended in a mistrial. The vote was 11 not guilty. One guilty.
75 possible jurors will be brought in this morning. They'll be whittled down to 14.
Immediately after the jury is selected, the trial will begin.
Opening arguments are expected later this afternoon.
Marmolejo is accused of strangling his mother Gloria to death in July of 2009.
We of course will be in the courtroom and will post updates throughout the day on KTSM.com