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Vanessa Coleman Jury Selection Has Begun


It’s a daunting task, but Judge Richard Buamgartner, the Prosecution and the Defense arrived in Nashville yesterday to begin questioning of potential jurors for the murder trial of Vanessa Coleman, the only female defendant charged in the carjack, kidnap, rape and murder of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom in January 2007.

Several people were cut yesterday.  Some said they knew of the crimes and had already formed an opinion.  Some stated they could not impose the death penalty and one said the brutality of the crimes was ‘unheard of.’

Of the 35 people questioned yesterday, twenty have made the first cut and 15 were dismissed.  The jury pool consists of approximately 110 people.

Individual questioning resumes today and a final jury is expected to be chosen by Friday.  Opening arguments are scheduled to begin on Monday, May 3.  The jury will be bused to Knoxville and the jury will be sequestered.


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  1. David From TN
    04/28/2010 at 11:01 am

    Knox News reporter Jamie Satterfield is reporting on jury selection by twitter (http://twitter.com/jamiescoop). She reports that Vanessa Coleman is now smiling at the prospective jurors.

    • donchais
      04/28/2010 at 11:53 am

      Thanks David! It also seems that there are far more women in the jury pool than men. Wonder what effect that may have on a verdict. Vanessa is obviously being coached to smile (though I don’t believe its going to help) because she normally has a very surly look on her face.

  2. ritanita
    04/28/2010 at 12:28 pm

    Ms. Coleman’s “nice nice” expression won’t last long once the trial starts and the evidence comes out!

    Thanks for keeping us posted on the progress, donchais.

    David, thanks for the link!

  3. David From TN
    04/28/2010 at 11:59 pm

    This (http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=12389304) has a video about Wednesday’s jury selection.

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