Jury selection began Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of a man charged with shooting a West Valley woman during a robbery of a video store last April.
Charles Kenneth McCovey, 44, also known as Charles Kenneth Hodges, is accused of killing Anna Holmes, 31, who was shot in the head April 22 during a robbery at Video Voyager, 5448 S. 4220 West.Holmes, eight months pregnant, was rushed to University Hospital. Doctors delivered the baby by Caesarean section before she died.
McCovey was arrested a few days later after police received an anonymous tip.
Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for McCovey if he's convicted in the trial, which is before 3rd District Judge Raymond Uno.
Defense attorney Andrew Valdez said he will not dispute the fact that McCovey killed Holmes but will argue that the gun discharged accidentally and, therefore, the crime does not warrant the death penalty.
On Tuesday, more than 80 potential jurors began filling out detailed questionnaires that probe their thoughts on topics such as capital punishment, blood atonement and presumption of innocence.
The questionnaire, the first used in Utah in a capital case, was patterned after one used in the Singer/Swapp murder trial last month and one used in the federal murder trial for three Navajo men charged with the slayings of two tribal police officers.