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Jury selection takes up first day of Tracie Hunter trial

Hunter visits with supporters in the courtroom before her trial Monday. (FOX19) Hunter visits with supporters in the courtroom before her trial Monday. (FOX19)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

Monday was the first day of the trial for suspended Hamilton County judge Tracie Hunter, who has pleaded not guilty to the nine felony charges she faces.

Hunter's attorney once again asked the judge to move the trial out of Hamilton County, citing Prosecutor Joe Deters' recent accusations that a decision made by Hunter led to the death of two men.

"It is crystal clear that it would be very futile and senseless to seat a jury in light of this last deliberate, contemplative--an effective--attempt to unduly influence, taint and persuade the jury," said defense attorney Clyde Bennett.

[Related: Prosecutor blames judge for juvenile's death, mother blames prosecutors]

The judge struck down the request. Hunter's team previously asked for the trial to be moved in July, claiming selective prosecution and a conflict of interest.

Both sides of the case spent five hours Monday dwindling down 60 potential jurors to 12 jurors and four alternates. The jury selection is expected to finish Tuesday and opening statements could be read after.

The judge said on Monday that the trial could last up to six weeks.

Hunter is indicted on two counts of tampering with evidence, two counts of forgery, two counts of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, two counts of theft in office and one count of misuse of credit cards.

FOX19 NOW's Jody Barr contributed to this story.

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