Judge decides to sequester jury in Hinds County district attorney trial

A motion is hearing is held on July 27, 2017 in the D. A. Robert Smith case. (Photo: WJTV)

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — A judge has decided to sequester the jury that will hear testimonies in the Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith case.

Special Judge Larry Roberts made the decision Monday.

Ten women and five men were chosen for the case; three of them will serve as alternates.

The jurors and the alternates will stay at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center located in Raymond for the duration of the trial.

We’re told their cell phones will be confiscated. They won’t be allowed to use the internet, and they will not have access to media coverage of the trial.

The judge questioned 96 potential jurors by noon. About half of them had an issue with being sequestered. Many of them also said they had pre-formed opinions about D.A. Smith or a connection with him or to a witness.

Smith is accused of trying to get charges against Christopher Butler dismissed. Opening statements of the trial are expected to begin Tuesday.

 

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