Jury selection for David Bisard trial enters 2nd day
Last Updated: 57 days ago
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - A seven-man, five-woman jury has been paneled for the trial of suspended IMPD Officer David Bisard.
All 12 jurors in the trial had been selected as of Tuesday afternoon, along with three jury member alternates. The trial begins Wednesday morning.
Lawyers in the trial of David Bisard had agreed on 10 jurors by Monday evening. As of 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, another juror had been selected, bringing the number to six women and five men.
However, one of those women was struck from the jury for unknown reasons at roughly noon Tuesday. That brought the jury count back down to five men and five women. Then, two more men were selected, finalizing the 12-person jury with seven men and five women.
As of 3 p.m. all three alternates for the jury had been selected. Those chosen were two women and one man.
Jury selection questionnaires were sent to 300 people. The 16-page questionnaire asked many questions familiar to criminal cases, but also delved into specifics.
One of the questions asked if potential jurors ride a motorcycle and if they drink alcohol. Another asked if prospective jurors have bumper stickers on their vehicles.
"The whole idea is to identify individuals who have come in with some bias and preconceived notions. And certainly, no one wants these individuals on the jury, and so it is an important part of any trial," Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said.
Forty-seven prospective jurors were in court on Monday and 55 were there Tuesday.
Blood tests expected to be introduced as evidence showed Bisard had a blood-alcohol level more than twice Indiana's legal limit of 0.08 percent at the time of the 2010 crash.
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