Jury selection begins in CaSondra Evrard murder trial
McCracken County, KY- Early on Wednesday morning, Circuit Judge Craig Clymer told a courtroom filled with potential jurors, "I appreciate the number of you willing to serve."
Because serving in the Mark Taylor case, the judge told potential jurors, means a month long commitment. For Taylor, it could mean life or death.
Taylor is facing the death penalty. He is charged with murder, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence in connection to the 2010 death of a McCracken County woman.
CaSondra Evrard, 21, was discovered dead back in December 2010, just one day after her family reported her missing. Investigators say Evrard was friends with Taylor's daughter, Jasmine, who is also charged with murder.
The day began with 230 jurors and during the course of several hours, 43 were eliminated. Many knew lawyers, those who would later be called to testify, and one man even knew the defendant. Others said it was financially impossible for them to serve for one month.
Judge Craig Clymer will start the process again Thursday at 8:30. By Friday, he told the court, he was hoping to begin individual questioning of jurors.
The testimony part of this trial is expected to begin Monday and last through, January 25th. Taylor's wife, Jamie took a plea deal on December 12th in exchange for a life sentence, with a possibility at parole after 20 years. The trial for their daughter Jasmine will begin in March.