Stories about Jeff Pyne’s case “Ladies and gentlemen, we finally have a jury,” stated Judge Leo Bowman after three days of strenuous proceedings to select jurors for Jeffrey Pyne’s murder trial.
Pyne, age 22 and from Highland, Michigan, is accused of murdering his mentally ill mother Ruth Pyne last year.
His family, friends, and the community have supported him and believe in his innocence.
Jury is mostly women
The jury, which currently has fifteen people on it to allow for three substitutes, is composed of eleven women and four men.
There is one man who came from India, as well as a lady from Montreal who just recently became a citizen.
The jury members who were selected all indicated a willingness to serve, and an ability to be fair.
Many other jurors had submitted reasons why they did not want to serve on the trial. Some cried in front of the judge due to the possible stress of being on the jury.
Both the judge and the attorneys grilled every person who ended up in the jury box. Each of these potential jurors had to tell the entire room of people about any criminal history, mental illness in the family, political beliefs, and other confidential matters.
Many jurors were released when the judge or lawyers decided they may be biased.
For example, one man stated that he used to be on a citizens’ grand jury. Since Jeff was indicted by a new citizens’ grand jury in Oakland County, this man was released after he laughed about “indicting 171 people out of 171 cases.”
I guess this shows that the lawyer who famously stated that “a grand jury could indict a ham sandwich” was correct in his assessment.
Trial is dragging
We were all surprised when Judge Bowman announced that today would be another half day, so court was over by just after noon.
This means that the actual trial will start tomorrow at 8:30 with opening arguments. These arguments will outline the strategy and evidence that each side will use in the case.
The judge said he would have a schedule for jurors tomorrow. He told them to plan on taking 3-4 weeks off work. Next week will also be a short week due to Thanksgiving.
Trial is open to public
The trial is open to the public, so anyone is welcome to come and give support to Jeff and his family.
Now that the jury has been selected, there is plenty of space in the courtroom for the press and the public.
Some of those who support Jeff may not be able to watch the trial, as there is a possibility that those who are witnesses will be sequestered.
Others who want to stop in to watch should go to the main courthouse at 1200 N Telegraph in Pontiac, and head to Judge Bowman’s court on the 4th floor.
Jeff definitely notices and appreciates support that he has in the courtroom. I love watching his face light up when he sees his grandma and aunts, and today they exchanged winks.
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