Kirkland trial: Final day of jury selection

Defense attorney Norm Aubin questions jurors Tuesday
Defense attorney Norm Aubin questions jurors Tuesday

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Lawyers are expected to wrap-up the jury selection process in the trial of accused serial killer Anthony Kirkland.

Kirkland's charged with the murders of Casonya Crawford, Mary Jo Newton, Kimya Rolison and Esme Kenney - he faces the death penalty if convicted in two of those cases.

Judge Charles Kubicki expects to have the jury seated by Tuesday afternoon.

At this point, 18 potential jurors have been separated from the rest of the group, which is just less than 50. Out of that number, 18 more are expected to be selected to join the other 18.  It is from those 36 men and women where a jury of 12 and six alternates will be selected to ultimately decided if Kirkland will be put to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.

With Kirkland's life on the line, lawyers focused on the death penalty with potential jurors on Monday.  Many jurors were dismissed because the stakes are so high.

"I cannot do that, I don't think it's fair," said a potential juror. "I don't think it teaches our society not to commit a murder."

Kirkland has pleaded not guilty, trying to avoid the death penalty.

Wednesday afternoon, the jurors will visit the crime scenes, and on Thursday morning at 9 a.m., opening statements are expected to begin.

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