WENY News - Jurors seated, alternates still needed in Barkley Trial

Jurors seated, alternates still needed in Barkley Trial

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- After nearly 8 hours spent questioning just over 50 people, day two of jury selection in the Justin Barkley murder trial concluded Tuesday evening. The day ended with twelve jurors were seated, as well as one alternate.

Those twelve jurors come after one original, a man chosen Monday was dismissed on Tuesday.

Related: Six Jurors Seated in Day 1 of Barkley Murder Trial

Those seated now include seven women and five men.

Throughout the two-day process, both sides have continued to advise potential jurors about a few things that could affect their ability to sit on a jury

The first is the amount of media coverage that the case has already received. Another is the fact that the trial is expected to last about 3 weeks, if not longer.

On Tuesday, much of the focus was on the amount of graphic evidence the jurors may be shown.

As we’ve reported, Justin Barkley is accused of fatally shooting 52-year-old William Shumacher outside of an Ithaca Walmart back on December 8th, 2016.

Both the defense and prosecution say they want to be sure jurors can handle seeing all of the evidence, including pictures and video, that recap the night of that incident. They also want jurors to know mental health will be an issue brought up throughout this trial.

Related: Trial date set for alleged Ithaca Walmart shooter

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

The trial comes after he was previously ruled mentally incompetent, however was later deemed capable to stand trial.

Jury selection will continue Thursday morning, where both sides will try to fill three more alternate jury spots.

Cara Demers will be in court and will have the latest on Twitter at @WENYCaraDemers.

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