Attorneys on Wednesday continued narrowing the number of potential jurors in the murder trial of three members of the Singer-Swapp family.
Opening arguments are not expected until Thursday morning at the earliest, said Summit County clerk Doug Geary.Defense and prosecuting attorneys are attempting to qualify 40 people to be jurors. Nearly 200 Summit County residents summoned to jury duty were narrowed to 78 over the weekend after filling out detailed questionnaires that examined their beliefs and ability to be fair and impartial.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the attorneys and 3rd District Judge Michael Murphy were questioning potential jurors primarily on their exposure to news reports about the standoff in Marion in January.
From the pool of 40, 12 will be chosen to sit in the jury box Thursday - eight regulars and four alternates.
The 12 will decide whether Addam Swapp, 27, Jonathan Swapp, 21, and John Timothy Singer, 22, are guilty of second-degree murder in the death of state Corrections Lt. Fred House.