The trial of Nathan LeForce for the April 2017 murder of Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy David Wade got under way this week in the Logan County courthouse and a jury was chosen Friday. District Judge Phillip Corley is presiding over the trial and Logan County District Attorney Laura Thomas is heading up the prosecution team.
The jury pool started with 146 residents on Monday and by Friday’s lunch break a jury of seven men and five women had been selected along with two alternates.
Judge Corley excused 15 on Monday and another three on Tuesday morning before the questioning even started.
Tuesday saw one juror excused by the judge late in the day. The court had 30 juror candidates a day scheduled for the week. Each side got nine peremptory challenges to dismiss jurors.
Wednesday morning saw two dismissed, one by each side and Wednesday afternoon the prosecution dismissed two more and the defense team dismissed one. Corley also dismissed one for cause before the attorneys even questioned the man. Two other residents were excused by Judge Corley due to prior travel and doctor’s commitments.
Thursday was day three of jury selection and the pace picked up as three potential jurors were dismissed in the morning and five more were excused Thursday afternoon. Judge Corley also dismissed several people for cause and scheduling issues.
Friday morning saw the jury take shape as the final four challenges were used by the prosecution and defense teams.
The trial will continue Monday at 9 a.m. with instructions from Judge Corley and opening arguments from the attorneys.