Jury Selection Begins for Robert Bailey Trial

By: Heather Waliga Email
By: Heather Waliga Email

It is considered one of Bay County's biggest murder trials.

Robert Bailey is accused of killing Panama City Beach Police Officer Kevin Kight in March 2005.

Last year, Bailey attempted to escape from the Bay County Jail.

Two-hundred jurors were called to the courthouse Monday morning.

About 80 of those people participated in a question and answer session with State Attorney Steve Meadows and Defense Attorney Mike Flowers.

Both attorneys questioned potential jurors about their knowledge of the high-profile case involving Robert Bailey.

Bailey has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.

However, if he were convicted, Meadows and Flowers asked jurors whether or not they could suggest a life or death sentence.

"My question to you is really pretty general. It's something that we don't normally think about and that is what you think about capital punishment, what you think about the death penalty," Meadows asked.

Jury selection should wrap up sometime Tuesday.

Once that process is completed, attorneys will begin their opening arguments.

Judge Michael Overstreet says he expects the trial to last about six days.

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