Tuesday was the second day in the Robert Bailey murder trial. Bailey is charged with first degree murder in the March 2005 shooting death of Panama City Beach police sergeant Kevin Kight.
Bailey is pleading not guilty. If convicted, state attorney Steve Meadows say he's going after the death penalty. That, along with pre-trial news coverage has had a major impact on the jury selection process.
Proceedings began in the west courtroom around 8:30 this morning. Prosecuting attorney Steve Meadows and defense attorney Mike Flowers continued to plow through more questions today, a process they called Voidire, meaning "to speak the truth."
Both attorneys and Judge Michael Overstreet asked prospective jurors about their personal lives, trying to get a feel for who could be the final 14 jurors in this case. Some of the questions included the potential jurors' occupation, family background, relationships, if any, to people in law enforcement, and prior jury service.
Around noon, attorneys narrowed the crowd down to 61 jurors. Meadows says the selection process should wrap up later this evening.
"We are attempting to find 14 of you who are willing to set aside any personal biases or opinions that you may have and render a fair and a just verdict based only on the evidence you hear in this courtroom. As we go through jury selection this morning, I want you to really tell me how you feel about serving on this jury. Do you want to serve on this jury?"
Once the selection process is finished, attorneys will begin their opening arguments. Judge Overstreet says the trial could last into the weekend.