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Tracie Hunter trial: Jury seated, opening statements Wednesday

Hunter and her attorney outside the courtroom Tuesday. (FOX19) Hunter and her attorney outside the courtroom Tuesday. (FOX19)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

The 12 men and women who will decide the case against Tracie Hunter are now seated and opening statements in the trial are set to be presented Wednesday morning.

The final jury includes 11 women and one man who will hear the nine felony charges the suspended judge is facing; charges that include tampering with evidence, forgery and theft in office.

The jury selection process took two days as both sides worked to dwindle down 60 potential jurors to 12 people, plus alternates, who could look beyond the highly publicized case to hear the facts.

Hunter and her attorney Clyde Bennett have argued that she could not receive a fair trial in Hamilton County due to the heavy publicity and recent accusations by Prosecutor Joe Deters. Deters claimed last week that when Hunter was a juvenile court judge, her refusal to lock-up a convicted drug dealer led to the deaths of two other men.

The judge denied the request for a venue change.

FOX19 NOW's Jody Barr asked Hunter Tuesday if she believed she could get a fair trial with the completed jury, to which she answered "no."

Two of the selected jurors are African American, one is Asian and the remaining nine are white.

"I think both sides were targeting certain demographics, whether they tell you that or not, I don't know--but, that's the way lawyers do jury selection," said legal expert Mike Allen, who was in the courtroom Tuesday.

Opening statements in Hunter's trial begin Tuesday morning.

FOX19 NOW's Jody Barr contributed to this story and will be in the courtroom for the trial. Follow him on twitter for live updates.

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