Jury selected in McCafferty murder trial

Cheryl McCafferty
Cheryl McCafferty
Cheryl McCafferty walks down the hall to the courtroom
Cheryl McCafferty walks down the hall to the courtroom

UPDATE: 4 p.m.

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - A jury has been selected in the Cheryl McCafferty murder trial.

The jury selection was completed at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and consists of ten men and four women.

There will be a hearing in the judge's chambers on Friday morning at 10 a.m. The judge will hear several motions before the trial, which will begin on Monday.

We will keep you updated on the story as more information becomes available.

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By Sara Gouedy - bio | email

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - Potential jurors gathered Wednesday morning at the Campbell County Courthouse in Newport this morning for the first round of jury selection for the trial of Cheryl McCafferty.  Attorneys will question an unusually large jury pool during the next three days-about 700 people.

McCafferty's a Fort Thomas woman accused of shooting her husband Bob in their home on June 25, 2007. Both their teenage children were home at the time. McCafferty told police she shot her husband because he threatened her and her kids.

McCafferty arrived at court shortly before 9 a.m., and was held in a small waiting room before being taken into the courtroom.  Potential jurors waited outside in the lobby, before going into the courtroom shortly after 9:45AM.  About 90 people packed into a courtroom with a capacity of 80.

"What we are trying to do is pick a fair and impartial jury," said Commonwealth Attorney Michelle Snodgrass to the potential jurors. "We all want to ensure that we are going to have a fair trial."

Proceedings began slowly, with Judge Julie Reinhardt Ward randomly selecting 34 people for the first round of questioning during the selection.

Commonwealth Attorney Michelle Snodgrass started the questioning.

"Does anybody here have a preconceived notion of what a murder looks like?" Snodgrass at one point asked the 34. "There is no set criterion for what a murder looks like."

Snodgrass also briefed the potential jurors on courtroom proceedings, and witnesses that would likely be called during trial.

"Keep the main thing your focus," Snodgrass told jurors. "And in this case, the focus is Bob McCafferty's murder."

Attorneys are trying to seat a jury by Friday.

McCafferty faces life in prison if convicted.