Chavis Murder Trial Could Take Month
The trial of Bobby Lynn Chavis for the first degree murder of his wife Audrey Chavis could start tomorrow, according to the judge hearing the case. A special setting for the case was ordered by the chief justice with Senior Resident Superior Court Judge James M. Webb on the bench.
"I do not anticipate this trial will start before Monday -- though it is possible it could start tomorrow afternoon," Webb told a woman who will take the last seat on the front row of the jury box. "You are the eleventh juror, and we have at least three more jurors to select."
Her selection met with approval by District Attorney Maureen Krueger and attorneys for Chavis, whose strategy is an insanity defense based on diminished capacity.
Webb has been warning jurors that the trial could take three to four weeks.
"It will begin with opening statements by both sides," he told the newest juror.
She was issued a red juror badge and instructed to wear it whenever she comes to court, and not to read anything about the trial or watch anything about it on television or talk about it.
Two of the remaining jurors will be alternates who hear evidence but do not deliberate or take part in reaching a verdict unless replacing a regular juror who cannot finish the trial.
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