It's been the fourth day of jury selection in the second degree murder trial of Robyn Davis and Carol Sissy Saltzman. And shortly after 5 :30 p.m. A jury was seated.
It was a long, tedious process but just within the last half hour a jury was seated. The state and defense wanted a jury that can be fair to both sides--in what's expected to be a complicated case based solely on circumstantial evidence.
It's been more than two years since the body of Brian Davis was found at the end of a long, muddy drive off Big Lake Road.
Unlike a case where someone saw one person shoot another-- this case will be more complicated. We know from jury selection the issues will include life insurance, gambling, and cell phone records. Brian Davis's brother Scott has come here from Tennessee for the trial. Brian's death has been heartbreaking for his family. "It's affected our family in numerous levels. We've lost a brother, friend, confidante, a father. There's a void now that can't ever be filled."
Scott Davis says he has no doubt Brian's wife Robyn Davis and her close friend Carol Sissy Saltzman are guilty of murder, but says he'll refrain from saying what he knows so that the justice system can run its course."And for the facts to be presented on their merits and for the jurors to decide the guilt or innocence of the accused. As a family we've formulated our own opinions of the guilt or innocence of the accused and right now we just feel it's not appropriate to speak about that until the trial is actually underway and the jurors are allowed to review the evidence and the facts as it's presented to them."
Though we know some of the issues-- such as life insurance and gambling-- it won't be until opening statements that prosecutor Rick Bryant will tell jurors the state's theory of how it all fits together and what they expect to prove.
Opening statements from the state and the defense are to get underway at ten in the morning before Judge David Ritchie.