WENY News - Six Jurors Seated in Day 1 of Barkley Murder Trial

Six Jurors Seated in Day 1 of Barkley Murder Trial

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Over one-hundred potential jurors were called to the Tompkins County Courthouse on Monday for the first day of Justin Barkley's murder trial. 

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After a long day of questioning, only six jurors were seated--four women and two men.

Both sides of this case say this is a difficult one to seat, specifically because of the media coverage this case has already gotten. 

The anticipated duration of the trial is also being considered. Both the defense and prosecution say they expect the trial to last about 3 weeks.

Justin Barkley is accused of killing UPS driver William Shumacher, 52, outside of an Ithaca Walmart back in December of 2016.

Barkley has since been indicted on felony counts of 2nd degree murder and menacing a police officer.

This trial comes after Barkley was ruled mentally incompetent and was transferred to a state mental institution for further mental evaluations. There it was determined he would be able to stand trial.

The second day of jury selection will begin at 8:45 am on Tuesday.

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