Casey Anthony Trial: Jury Selection Begins

And it's happening 100 miles away from Orlando, due to media coverage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 9, 2011 12:10 PM CDT
In this March 3, 2011 photo, Casey Anthony, 24, listens to testimony during the last day of hearings on a series of motions by the defense and the prosecution during her murder trial, in Orlando.   (Red Huber)

(Newser) – And so it begins: Jury selection started today in the trial of Casey Anthony, who is charged with killing daughter Caylee. The trial of 25-year-old Anthony will take place in Orlando, but jurors are being selected at a courthouse about 100 miles away because of intense media coverage. The first panel of potential jurors met with the judge and attorneys this morning in Clearwater.

Chief Judge Belvin Perry hopes to have 20 jurors, including eight alternates, in place by the end of the week and begin the trial on May 17. Over the course of selection, potential jurors will be called up individually, undergo two rounds of questioning, and be asked if they could recommend the death penalty for Anthony. Anthony is charged with first-degree murder, and any juror that couldn't recommend death would be disqualified. Click for more on Casey Anthony.

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