A panel of 12 jurors has been selected from a pool of more than 1,500 people to hear the trial of "Night Stalker" defendant Richard Ramirez, charged with a series of savage nocturnal murders.

The jury, whose selection was completed Monday, were chosen after five months of intense questioning on prospective jurors' views on the death penalty and their ability to afford sitting through a trial that could last two years.At least six of the 12 jurors are Hispanic, according to court records. Defense attorneys wanted significant Hispanic representation and had once charged that standard selection procedures could not ensure the desired ethnic balance for their Hispanic client.