Mock jury selection, pre-trial motions postponed in LaFuria case - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mock jury selection, pre-trial motions postponed in LaFuria case


A mock jury selection Monday and pretrial motions set for Tuesday in the case of Dr. Peter LaFuria have been postponed due to a conflict with another case.

LaFuria is the former Lake Charles OB/GYN doctor arrested in 2007 after allegedly taking pictures of patients in the exam room without their knowledge or consent.

LaFuria is charged with multiple counts of video voyeurism, sexual battery and molestation of a juvenile. First Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Killingsworth said there are close to 200 women who are victims in the case.

Because of a conflict with another criminal case, Killingsworth said the mock jury selection will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7. Other defense pretrial motions for a change of venue and to suppress evidence will be considered Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9.

The mock jury selection is to help the court decide whether they are likely to have difficulty getting a panel of jurors who can be fair and unbiased to LaFuria in Calcasieu Parish where there has been publicity about the case. 

LaFuria has been out on bond since his arrest in 2007. 

The case is assigned to Judge David Ritchie.

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