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Markel Murder Trial: Choosing the right jury

Posted at 5:57 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 17:57:54-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Dan Markel murder trial is different from many other trials because it's a high profile case.

It means selecting a jury is going to be hard for this case.

According to attorney Dean Lebeouf, there are some things the state prosecutor is going to look for.

They will be looking for people who are not opposed to the death penalty, since Garcia is facing it. They are also looking for people who have not already formed an opinion of the case from the publicity of the case over the years.

Finally, they need to be able to determine evidence, without a key witness and concrete evidence.

"Trying to exclude people who knew the individuals involved in the case and who haven't been prejudiced about the publicity and reporting about the case is not going to be easy," said Lebeouf.

He says it's more of a jury de-selection than a jury selection because they are more so deciding why people should not be on the jury.