Jurors individually questioned in murder case
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY- Addressing a packed courtroom, Circuit Judge Craig Clymer urged potential jurors to be patient, "If you're back there for awhile you can rest assure we're struggling to get thru it and doing the best we can."
Defendant Mark Taylor appeared to be in a daze Thursday, as he watched those that could have determined his fate walk out of the courtroom, one after another.
Taylor is facing murder, kidnapping, and tampering charges for his role in the December 2010 death of CaSondra Evrard. Evrard, 21, was discovered dead, just one day after her family reported her missing.
As jury selection continued for a second day Thursday, both sides continued to poll potential jurors as a group.
But because Mark Taylor, if convicted, could be sentenced to death, law requires the judge to take the process a step further. Each potential juror had to be asked a series of more specific questions one-on-one in the judge's chambers. Jurors were polled on issues including race, pre-trial publicity, and their views on the death penalty.
Craig Newbern is part of Taylor's defense team and said Thursday the additional questioning was necessary to ensure his client got a fair trial, "These are all very important things we need to know about going into the trial. The goal is to get the best possible jury we can and we need to take a little bit more time to get it right."
Individual polling will continue at 8 Friday morning. Judge Clymer is hoping to have the jury seated later in the day. Testimony in the case would then get underway Monday. The trial is scheduled to last 3 weeks.