Four Selected for Sniper Jury

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One is a retired Navy officer and champion golfer whose brother was killed by police during a robbery 25 years ago, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

Another is a bartender whose 12-year-old son is so serious about her civic duty that he confiscated her clock radio and newspaper and will only let her watch cartoons on TV.

There’s a Realtor who was so caught up planning for a wedding last fall that she knows almost nothing about the Beltway sniper shootings.

The final woman chosen is a grandmother of three who was forced to end her tour of Washington state to report for jury duty.

Those four anonymous Virginia Beach residents were among 13 approved Wednesday for possible jury service in the murder trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad. That means the lawyers and judge are about halfway to getting the required pool of 27 qualified jurors, from which the final jury will be chosen.

After Wednesday’s proceedings, prosecutor Paul B. Ebert said he hopes to have the pool of 27 picked by today. He admitted that individual questioning of jurors was taking longer than he expected.


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