Jury selection begins in Tulare Co. Sheriff Detective murder

July 31, 2012 12:57:47 AM PDT
Jury selection will continues in the trial of a man accused of killing a Tulare County Sheriff Detective more than four years ago.

Jorge Banda, 24, is accused of fatally shooting the deputy in Ivanhoe back in 2007. Kent Haws worked for the Tulare County Sheriff's Department and was responding to a call on his way home from work when he was killed.

Jury selection began Monday morning in the murder trial that is set to go on for at least two weeks because of the nature of the charges. The high profile case drew much attention in 2007, and attorneys on both sides have developed a juror questionnaire to help them select an unbiased jury.

Tulare County Asst. Dist. Attorney Shani Jenkins said, "It is expected to take a couple weeks probably for the actual jury selection because the trial is going to be so lengthy, it does take a while to pick a jury that can sit that long."

There have been numerous delays in the case since charges were first brought against Banda. If Banda is found guilty he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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