Robyn Davis Defense Attorney begins questioning newest panel

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - UPDATE:

Defense Attorney for Robyn Davis, Glen Vamvoras, is now questioning the newest panel of 21 prospective jurors.  He explained all of us like to think we can be fair, but he says they are trying to expose prejudices innate in people and whether they might infringe on the rights of the defendants to a fair trial.

Now he's giving more examples of circumstantial evidence pointing out that it can be really strong--such as the time he came home and a sofa cushion was all torn up and one of his dogs had  stuffing all over his face. That's convincing circumstantial evidence the dog tore up the cushion. But, he says, the other dog was just sitting in a corner--not so clear he was involved.

The State has said the evidence against Robyn Davis and Carol Sissy Saltzman is solely circumstantial. There won't be any witness who testifies they saw Brian Davis shot to death.

Around 5 pm today jury selection, assuming it's still underway, is expected to recess so they can video testimony from a witness who will be out of the country when it's time for her to testify during the evidence portion of the trial. 

Jury selection continues in the murder trial of Robyn Davis and Carol Sissy Saltzman.  The two are charged with second degree murder of Robyn's husband Brian Davis.

At this point, eight jurors have been tentatively selected and a new batch of 21 prospective jurors has been brought into the jury box so the judge and attorneys can question them to see who may be appropriate to serve on the jury in this particular case.

In his introductory remarks to the prospective jurors, Judge David Ritchie  told them he hates that so much attention has been given to his sending one prospective juror to jail Monday night.

He explained the woman deliberately made comments to other potential jurors even though he had ordered them not to talk about the case.

Judge Ritchie seemed to be trying to put the jurors at ease and let them know they won't be in trouble for answering truthfully when asked questions such as whether they know about the case, their biases and such.

Each side has 24 peremptory challenges they can use to excuse jurors without offering a specific reason. Not sure at this point, how many of those challenges have been used.

Yesterday in court, Ritchie said the juror jailed for contempt, Sharon Richard, will stay in jail until Monday and probably longer.