Jury Selection Begins In Clayton Jackson Case

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

Both prosecution and defense in the case against Clayton Jackson attempt to accomplish what could not be done a week ago in Leslie County...seat a jury.

Potential jurors were brought into the courtroom beginning at eighty seven. They were split into two groups and narrowed down from there.

This part of the trial is always slow. It's just a process that you work through under the rules of the Kentucky Supreme Court and under the case law. But we are working our way through it," said defense attorney Roger Gibbs.

"Based on the gravity of the offense that we have here we do believe this is a death penalty type situation and that's why we're attempting to seat a death -qualified jury," said Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Gregory.

Each potential juror was interviewed by the prosecution and defense and asked to consider a possibility of five different punishments for murder, not necessarily pertaining to Jackson's case.

"They have to each be able to consider the entire range of penalties and not automatically exclude or include any particular one," said Gregory.

Both Gregory and Gibbs say they are confident that they will be able to empanel the thirty nine jurors necessary to move jury selection forward.

Gregory says he thinks this will happen by the end of the week.

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