Jury for murder trial

Twelve jurors were selected Monday to serve in the trial of William Martinez McLaughlin, who is accused of murdering Brian Rankine-Carter in May 2008.

Shortly afterward, Justice Charles Quin excused jurors for the rest of the day, instructing them to return on Wednesday morning, 6 April.

The defendant was convicted after trial in July 2009, but the Court of Appeal overturned the conviction last year and ordered a new trial.

That was scheduled for January 2011 and a jury was chosen.

After legal arguments were resolved, Justice Quin released the jurors, explaining that the trial had been set down for two weeks and could not finish in the time allowed.

This time the trial has been set down for three weeks.

Ten women and two men were selected from the 29 whose numbers were drawn from the jury pool.

Nine people were challenged, either by Solicitor General Cheryll Richards, who is conducting the case for the Prosecution, or by Defence Attorney Nicholas Dixey, who instructs Attorney Mark Tomassi.

Each side is allowed five challenges for which no reason need be given.

Justice Quin also accepted a number of professional relationships that made it inappropriate for people to serve in this particular trial.

Other potential jurors were excused after advising the court that they were relatives or friends of the defendant or the deceased or a witness.

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