Jury picked as murder trial begins

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July 17, 2018 - 11:20 AM

A panel of 12 jurors will decide the fate of Joshua Knapp, accused of the March 2016 murder of Iolan Shawn Cook.

A total of 14 jurors were selected Monday, including two alternates, at the conclusion of a daylong Allen County District Court session. Judge Daniel Creitz said opening statements of the weeklong trial were to begin this morning.

The 14-member panel — seven men and seven women — were culled from a jury pool numbering 70, with a handful of prospective jurors dismissed because either their circumstances would prevent them from serving for the weeklong trial; they were familiar with one or more of the witnesses scheduled to testify; or they questioned their ability to impose a fair verdict for one reason or another.

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