ALLEN CO., Ind. (WISH) - Attorneys selected a 12-person jury Tuesday in Fort Wayne for the trial of suspended IMPD officer David Bisard.
Seven men and five women were selected before a lunch break. An additional two women and one man were selected as alternates. Although lawyers had initially planned on having four alternates, they agreed on Tuesday to have only three.
"Obviously, we're satisfied," Marion County deputy prosecutor Denise Robinson said. "I've been ready for tomorrow morning for about three years. The pre-trial wrangling, none of that matters at this point. We start fresh and we start the case in front of this jury."
Bisard stayed quiet again as he was escorted into court for the second day of selection. He walked with his head slightly lowered, averting his eyes from a 24-Hour News 8 camera.
The courtroom emptied at 7 p.m. Monday after nine hours of questioning a pool of 50 potential jury members. By the end of day one, 10 jurors were seated. After the first panel was questioned Tuesday morning, another juror was chosen bringing the total to six women and five men selected for the jury.
Allen County Superior Court Judge John Surbeck said the size of the jury was due to the length of the trial.
Proceedings were scheduled to end Tuesday after the full jury was selected, Surbeck said.
Attorneys said the trial is set to being at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Officials said they expect the trial will last at least two weeks.
Robinson said the first witnesses to be called to testify will be those who observed the crash: civilians, medics, and first officers on the scene.
Bisard faced reckless homicide, drunk driving and criminal recklessness charges for an August 2010 fatal crash.
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