DERIDDER, LA (KPLC-TV) – In the first day of the Jeffrey Denby murder trial, the prosecution and defense teams questioned 24 prospective jurors.
The perspective jurors were asked whether they knew any details about the case which would impair their ability to be impartial. The perspective jurors were questioned in groups of six.
Questioning lasted for about six hours Monday, wrapping up around 7 p.m.
Several dozen perspective jurors showed up Monday. Most were excused for the day, while attorneys questioned the 24 men and women whose names were drawn randomly. The potential jurors who were not questioned on Monday, will appear back in court on Tuesday morning as the jury selection process continues.
Denby is charged with first degree murder in the death of 18-month old DeRidder toddler John Thomas Anthony Brewer. Authorities said Denby beat the toddler to death while the young boy was in his care in June of 2009.
The child's mother has also been charged. Holly Brewer was charged with second-degree child cruelty. Her trial is scheduled for June 21st.
Judge Martha O'Neal is the presiding judge.
The trial will resume at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.