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Jury selection underway in Henry Segura's quadruple murder trial

Posted at 7:11 AM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 18:20:38-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Jury selection is underway for the man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, their child and two of her other children.

It's the second time Henry Segura is going to trial for the quadruple murder.

100 potential jurors went through one-on-one questioning Monday.

Many of them are coming back Tuesday for even more.

Judge James Hankinson, Henry Segura, and both attorneys took the jurors one by one into the jury room to ask questions.

They want to know if potential jurors have heard about the case, if they can be unbiased and if they can commit three weeks to the trial. This is the second trial for Henry Segura.

Back in 2017, a hung jury led to a mistrial in the murder. Attorneys even brought up the fact that the hung jury could impact the way the new potential jurors view the case.

"Just from a common sense wise approach, it doesn't seem to me that would be a disqualifying fact that some jurors thought he was guilty and some did not," said Judge Hankinson. "I'm not sure how that ability to be fair and impartial but maybe there's a case law that says otherwise."

This time, Segura will have a six person jury. That's in hopes of cutting down deliberation time and getting a unanimous decision.

Group questioning begins Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

Opening statements will likely begin Tuesday afternoon.

Nearly a decade after a tragedy in Tallahassee, the second trial for Henry Segura is finally starting.

He's accused of the 2010 murders of his girlfriend, her two daughters and his own son.

Brandi Peters, her 6-year-old twin daughters and the 3-year-old son she shared with Segura were found dead at their Saddle Creek Run home on November 20, 2010.

Segura was first tried for the crime in 2017, but the jury could not reach a verdict.

Segura and his attorneys spent more than three hours in court Friday, reviewing last minute motions.

He also requested a six person jury instead of 12.

Jury selection began Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

If he is found guilty, Segura could face the death penalty. Opening statements are likely starting on Tuesday.

We'll bring you updates or changes from the courtroom as they become available.