Bise murder case trial opens

The opening of the trial of a man charged with murdering Swiss banker Frederic Bise in West Bay in 2008 was delayed on Tuesday amid difficulties selecting a jury that was not familiar with defendant Leonard Antonio Ebanks or the many witnesses to be called in the case.

After an hour-and-a-half jury selection process Tuesday morning, a 12-member panel was sworn in just before midday.

But one of the selected jurors had to be stood down after belatedly revealing that she was familiar with a key figure in the case. The rest of the jury pool, who had been excused and sent home, was called back into court in the afternoon for a replacement to be selected.

At that point, another of the original jurors revealed he also knew one of the key witnesses. He was stood down as well.

Two replacement jurors were selected, as well as two reserves, and the 12-member jury that will hear the case was finally sworn in at 3:20 p.m.

Mr. Ebanks is charged with murdering Mr. Bise in a joint enterprise with Chad Anglin.

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