Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jury still not seated in Deckert murder trial

Circuit Judge Rene Williams and attorneys are whittling away at the jury-selection process, but it appears it will be afternoon before a jury is seated in the Britt Deckert murder trail, which is scheduled for three days beginning today at the Crittenden County Courthouse.

Decker, 27, is accused of killing his brother and assaulting his sister-in-law during a dispute in August 2013 at a home they shared with their father and others on West Depot Street in Marion.

About 160 potential jurors showed up this morning shortly after 7 a.m. and packed into the small upstairs courtroom. By 11:30 a.m., somewhere around 70 had been dismissed for various reasons. Fourteen will be selected, but on 12 will be asked to reach a verdict. Two serve as alternates.