Levy trial jury is finalized
Update, 3:30 p.m.:
Lawyers and the judge have finalized the jury. It is composed of four men and 12 women. Six are African-American. One is Asian-American and the rest are white. Four will be chosen as alternates when the panel begins deliberations.
Jury selection in the trial of the man charged with killing Chandra Levy, which was expected to conclude Friday, hit a snag when two jurors failed to return to the courtroom.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher and the attorneys narrowed the field of potential jurors to 41 Thursday, and they expected to complete the job of picking 16 people to hear the case on Friday.
Santha Sonenberg, attorney for the accused Ingmar Guandique, said Friday she received noticed that one of the prospective jurors tweeted a note after yesterday's hearing. The juror sent a tweet that read "Guilty. Guilty. I say now. I will not be swayed. Practicing for jury duty," according to Sonenberg.
The juror was called up to a bench conference with Judge Gerald Fisher and the attorneys.
It was unclear what was said because Fisher turned on a husher. After a discussion of approximately 10 minutes, the juror returned to the group of 38.
-- Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post Editors
| October 22, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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