News station worker makes cut in Davidson trial jury questioning

News station worker makes cut in Davidson trial jury questioning

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By HANA KIM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Individual questioning went through its third day Wednesday for the jury pool in the trial of LeMaricus Davidson. Eleven people were kept in the pool including a camera operator at WBIR.

Sixteen of the 28 people summoned Wednesday were dismissed.

The state is seeking the death penalty in this trial and the other two remaining in this case.

The defense has hired a jury consultant, Margie Fargo, from Alexandria, Virginia for this process. She has a background in sociology. 

Four plain clothes officers and at least two uniformed officers are in the courtroom at all times.

Questioning the jury pool - round one

The first person, a female receptionist who works for WBIR, made the cut although she was told to avoid media coverage of the case. She also told the court that she's Muslim and opposes the death penalty as more of a personal choice.

The second person was dismissed even though the state asked Judge Richard Baumgartner to reconsider since he was leaning toward finding Davidson guilty.

Next, a young man who said he supports the death penalty, but can consider mitigating factors, made it to the next round.

A man who said he believes all premeditated killers should get the death penalty was cut.

The fifth person, a young man who said he could never impose the death penalty, was also cut despite defense attempts to keep him.

The sixth person was kept in the pool after saying she knows little about the case and believes many people are products of their environments.

A special education teacher was cut, although she admitted she couldn't sentence anyone to death based on her religious views and the defense worked hard to keep her.

The eighth person was dismissed since she was a former co-worker of murder victim Channon Christian's father, Gary, when he managed a Dillard's department store. She admitted being confused how she made it to rounds of questioning.

Health issues earned a cut for the ninth person.

The tenth person stayed in the pool despite commenting that the death penalty would be too good for Davidson if he's found guilty.

The eleventh person was cut after he admitted he couldn't impose the death penalty, but knows a lot about this case.

A man who said he believes crimes against children, treason and war crimes warrant the death penalty was kept in the pool. He also told the court he once made a citizen's arrest during a shoplifting incident at a Wal-Mart.

An older woman who said she's a grandmother was kept in the pool. She said she can be fair and weigh all sides in the case.

Questioning the jury pool - round two

A man who said he's an engineer initially made the cut. He insisted that jurors would have to look at all the evidence, but was told not to chat with a golfing buddy who has ties to the DA's office. Then Judge Baumgartner changed his mind and cut the man from the pool.

Next up was a man who said his mother told him about this case. He was kept in the pool.

A woman who said she didn't want to serve because she believes Davidson's guilty was cut.

The fourth person of the afternoon was kept in the pool although she admitted she dislikes defense attorneys. She also said she felt those given the death penalty should be killed within a year and had known a woman devastated by a crime and the suspect's appeals. The DA's office was still able to question her with a focus on being fair minded.

The fifth person was dismissed due to a busy schedule.

The next man was also dismissed. He strongly opposed the death penalty and Assistant District Attorney Takisha Fitzgerald previously prosecuted his son in a shooting.

A teacher at Farragut High School was dismissed after saying she recognized Channon Christian, who was a student there.

The eighth person, a lawyer and former prosecutor, was kept in the pool.

The next woman was dismissed. She's pregnant.

Selection process as a whole

More than 280 people have to be questioned in this process, which began Monday.

Judge Baumgartner hopes to find at least 60 people to keep in the pool.

Those who make the cut will return for the next round of questioning on October 2. So far, there are 35 people.


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