PASCO, Wash. -
Prosecutors and lawyers defending a woman accused of murdering her mother say
they doubt they'll be able to pick a jury until next week.
Court administrators on
Tuesday summoned 189 citizens to the Franklin County Courthouse as potential jurors.
Attorneys are now interviewing dozens who indicated on questionnaires they have
scheduling conflicts or for various reasons might not be able to fairly weigh
the evidence in reaching a verdict.
Stuart has been in jail
since March 2011 when Pasco police arrested her for the shooting death of her
adoptive mother, Judy Herbert. Stuart initially told detectives she shot her
mother during an argument after she came at her with a hatchet.
Now that potential
jurors are in the courtroom, Stuart is allowed to change from the jail's
standard orange uniform. Stuart has also cut her hair since last week when it
fell to her waist.
Prosecutor Shawn Sant says he hopes to start calling witnesses to the
stand early next week. Superior court Judge Cameron Mitchell has told the
potential jurors they should anticipate the trial lasting through June.