10 Jurors Seated In Hebert Murder Trial

10 Jurors Seated In Hebert Murder Trial

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Ten jurors were picked Wednesday in the second day of jury selection for the Christopher Hebert murder trial.

Hebert is accused in the 2014 murder of Lacey Yekel of Massena. Yekel's body was found in a wooded area near the Massena Industrial Park. After a four-year investigation, Hebert was charged with second degree murder.

Along with the four who were picked, 12 prospective jurors were dismissed Wednesday morning.

Potential jurors were warned: “People who testify might not be people you like.” 

They were promised a deep dive into Massena's drug subculture. People from that underworld will testify. 

Both the defense and the prosecution are looking for the same thing.

“What we're trying to do is make sure we have a fair and impartial jury. Both sides are entitled to that. And when you're dealing with selecting a jury, that's what you're looking for,” said St. Lawrence County District Attorney Gary Pasqua.

Hebert is well acquainted with Massena's underworld. He has done at least three stints in state prison. He was coming out of prison the day he was arrested last June and charged with Lacey Yekel's murder.

The prosecution could call more than 20 witnesses once a jury is seated. Among those will be police officers and scientific experts in DNA and other fields. 

No jurors were seated Tuesday Thirty-nine of 70 prospective jurors were excused for various reasons.

Thirty-one returned to court Wednesday morning. Another 90 prospective jurors were scheduled to go to the courthouse at noon. 

The trial is expected to take several weeks.

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