Jury selection continues at infant death trial
PARKER -- Jury selection is expected to conclude today in the trial of a Scotland man accused of killing his infant son.
Chris Miller, 39, has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges for allegedly killing his four-month-old son Jacob by shaking and beating him in March 2011. Miller could be sentenced to life in prison if he is found guilty.
Attorneys began screening as many as 171 potential jurors in four shifts split between Thursday and today, according to Turner County Clerk of Courts Colleen Dunn.
The trial is taking place at the Turner County Courthouse in Parker, since it was moved out of Bon Homme County by a judge last October at the request of Miller's attorneys Tim Whalen, of Lake Andes, and Ken Cotton, of Wagner. Deputy Attorney General Bob Mayer and Bon Homme County State's Attorney Lisa Rothschadl are prosecuting the case.
Opening statements and testimony will begin Tuesday morning because the courthouse is closed Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.