Jury Selection Underway In Hebert TrialPosted: Updated:
Jury selection was underway Tuesday in St. Lawrence County Court in Canton, in the murder trial of Christopher Hebert. But by the end of the day, no jurors had been picked.
Hebert is charged with killing Lacey Yekel in June 2014 – and dumping her body in the Massena Industrial Park. He was arrested last June. The jury will render a verdict on a charge of second-degree murder
About half the potential jurors told the judge Tuesday they may not be able to serve on the jury. Some may know witnesses. Some have personal excuses.
“It's really important in a case that's as high profile as this and one that involves a community like Massena to select jurors that don't have any personal knowledge of what's going on to ensure that they're fair and impartial," said Daniel Ramsey, Hebert's lawyer.
It took two months for police to ID the body found in the industrial park as Yekel's. Two years later, they asked the public for more leads. Hebert has rejected several attorneys assigned to defend him.
"The fact that there's been a lot of publicity, several attorneys on the case, it doesn't really change the fact of how we approach it," Ramsey said.
The trial in St. Lawrence County Court is expected to take several weeks