Maryland Circuit Judge Peter J. Messittes finished picking a 12-man jury Wednesday in the case of Clarence Leake, who took hostages at the Washington Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1986.
Defense and prosecution attorneys gave opening arguments as the trial continued after two days of debate over Leake's competence to stand trial. Messittes had ruled Leake was competent.Leake pleaded not criminally responsible for his actions at the temple. If convicted of the criminal charges, he faces more than 30 years in jail. If found not criminally responsible, he faces being sent to the Clifford T. Perkins Hospital in Maryland.
The trial is expected to continue the rest of the week.