LAKE CHARLES, LA. (KPLC) -It will be at least Thursday before they seat a jury in the second degree
murder trial of Bryce Perkins.
Perkins allegedly shot and killed Marine Daniel Gueringer at a 4th
of July party in 2009.
The process has been slow and tedious as the prosecutor and defense
attorney take turns questioning potential jurors. Ten jurors were
tentatively selected from the first group of 14 questioned. Those ten
were sent home and told to report back at 10 a.m. Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, questioning got underway with a second group of 14
Before it's over both sides will have another opportunity to
excuse those they think might not be right for this case.
Jurors are being questioned about a wide variety of topics from
whether they are likely to stick to their convictions in jury
deliberations to whether they would apply the law as instructed by the
judge. They are also being asked what they think about guns and
previous experiences with the criminal justice system.
The trial will continue at least through the end of next week.
Judge Ron Ware told jurors on the second panel to come back at 9 a.m. and that they would
decide in the afternoon whether to meet on Friday or Saturday.