Briggs Trial Jury Selection

By Mike Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 7, 2005 at 2:34 PM EDT

The attorney for 28 year old Dustin Briggs doesn't think there are at least 12, impartial people hear his murder case in Bradford County.
While potential jurors were called to the courthouse in Towanda, Defense Attorney George Lepley once again asked the judge to move the trial somewhere else.
That's because of all of the publicity surrounding the shooting deaths of deputies Christopher Burgert and Michael VanKuren.
The deputies were gunned down while serving a warrant for Briggs arrest on drug charges at his family's property in Gillett.
Despite Lepley's concerns, jury selection started with 70 people who were questioned.
5 were dismissed Monday.
Judge Barry Feudale first asked if anyone was related to people involved with the case.
3 people were dismissed because they knew the murdered deputies.
One man was asked to leave because he knows the defendant, Dustin Briggs.
The judge also asked if anyone would have trouble believing any of the law enforcement officers involved in the case.
Another man was excused for that reason.
When 12 jurors and the alternates are seated, they will hear the evidence against Dustin Briggs.
He's charged with 2 counts 1st and 3rd degree murder.
If convicted of 1st degree murder, the jury would then decide whether to sentence Briggs to death, or life in prison.
Jury selection could last until the week of the trial's start date, which is January 23rd.
On Monday, Judge Feudale mentioned that once the trial does begin, a verdict should be reached in 2 to 4 weeks.
Jury selection will continue Tuesday.
Bradford County sent out jury questionnaires to 500 people for this trial.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office is prosecuting the case.

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