HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Opening statements within the capital homicide trial of Christopher Henderson at the moment are anticipated to happen Thursday after the courts had been closed a lot of Friday for the Juneteenth federal vacation.
Madison County Circuit Choose Chris Comer set out 4 days of questioning of jurors by the attorneys on either side, however that schedule is now being adjusted.
Henderson is dealing with a number of capital homicide counts for the deaths of 5 folks in New Market in August 2015. The victims embrace Henderson’s estranged spouse who was nine-months-pregnant, the unborn baby, her 8-year-old son, her 1-year-old nephew and her mom.
Prosecutors are in search of the demise penalty for Henderson.
The court docket’s plan was to interview a juror group a day, from Thursday to Tuesday, then choose a jury and start with opening statements Wednesday, June 23.
However the Friday group within the jury pool gathered for a short time this morning after which was excused because the Madison County courts had been closed for the vacation. These jurors have been advised to return Wednesday for added questioning.
The would-be jurors have stuffed out a 40-page questionnaire, which the attorneys spent two days reviewing. The follow-up query periods are geared toward taking a better have a look at jurors’ views of points just like the demise penalty and what constitutes “cheap doubt.”
The jury that’s in the end chosen is anticipated to incorporate 12 jurors and a larger-than regular whole of six alternates. That bigger pool is because of pandemic-related issues, the anticipated size of the case and the truth that capital punishment is on the desk — if Henderson is convicted.
The jury choice course of is because of resume Monday morning.
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