The final pretrial for Nathan LeForce was held on Monday afternoon in the Logan County Courthouse in front of Judge Phillip Corley. Final motions were filed and argued. Corley announced the jury orientation would be August 5 and jury selection would start August 6 at 9 a.m.
Corley outlined the jury selection process and asked both sides to have their jury questionnaire suggestions in by July 24 and jury instructions in by July 31. The court will call 30 juror candidates a day on Aug 6,7 and 8 to get a jury. Once the jury is selected the remaining candidates will be excused.
The motions filed concerned discovery motions on two expert witnesses for the defense to which no reports have been filed yet with the prosecution. Corley ordered those reports to be turned over in ten days. There was a motion by the prosecution to exclude a prior court case with Department of Human Services. Since that testimony will not come in to play until the second stage of the trial, the defense would be allowed to present some of the materials.
The prosecution also asked for the defense to supply birthdays of defense witnesses so OSBI criminal histories could be run. The defense said they never had asked their witnesses that before. District Attorney Laura Thomas read the names of some of the witnesses and the common names and told the court without birthdates it was nearly impossible to do background checks. Judge Corley ordered the defense team to supply birthday dates of all witnesses to the prosecution.
The prosecution could add an expert witness if necessary once the defense expert witness reports were received to rebut any findings.
The defense filed a motion on discovery evidence of jail recordings, jail visits, letters and notes of LeForce from the last two years turned over by the prosecution and the difficulty in preparing it for trial. Judge Corley ordered the prosecution to notify the defense specifically what they were going to use and in what stage of the trial it was going to be used. Thomas told the court they had just received the materials and were listening to it and was turning it over for discovery purposes.
The defense also filed a motion to limit the number of times the body cam of Deputy Wade was going to be shown. Thomas told the court the plan was to show it once in the first stage of the trial and once in the second stage of the trial. Thomas argued the video does have probative value, while the defense argued that it was very prejudicial towards LeForce. Judge Corley took no action at the hearing and felt it could be dealt with in the context of the trial.
The court was dismissed after no further motions and advised both sides if anything should come up to call him and adjourned the hearing.