LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – The theft and ethics trial of Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely entered the fourth day of jury selection on Thursday. Both sides are hoping to wrap up the process by Friday.
Attorneys for the prosecution and defense have faced a few challenges during the selection process.
Originally, the jury pool was expected to be nearly 500 people, a much larger jury pool than is required for most cases. This is due to Sheriff Blakely’s deep roots in the community. Sheriff Blakely has been in office since 1983 and is the longest-serving sheriff in the state of Alabama.
The court has questioned a small group of potential jurors every day. They originally planned to question 125 jurors a day, for four days. So far, the pools have been much smaller. Wednesday, the group that was questioned totaled only 46 people.
We were told both parties in the case still have to choose from more than dozens of people to finalize a jury. But Judge Pamela Baschab says she anticipates trial proceedings beginning Friday.
Today’s jury selection, narrowing down the fourth panel of jurors, moved rather quickly. 31 jurors were present at the start of the day but by the end, only 20 remained.
As of now, Judge Pamela Baschab says she expects 102 total jurors to show up for selection Friday.
12 people along with three alternates will be selected for the trial.