ALLEN CO., Ind. (WISH) - More than 50 jurors were called to an Allen County courtroom Monday to be questioned by attorneys in the Bisard trial.
The jury selection was just the beginning for the trial for suspended Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer David Bisard. He was charged with reckless homicide and drunk driving in an August 2010 fatal crash.
The trial was moved to Allen County amid doubts Bisard would receive a fair trial in Marion County. It's something Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry acknowledged on Monday, when five jurors were selected by 2 p.m.
"It has struck me that in light of all the publicity it has received at home in Marion County, that having so few jurors come in who have heard anything about the case, sort of drives home the point that it was appropriate to bring the case up here," Curry said.
Process of selected jurors from a pool of around 300 people was expected to take two days. By Monday afternoon, five of the 16 people needed were selected. It will be a 12-person jury, and four alternates are also needed. Before Monday's lunch break, three women and two men were selected for the jury.
Six people at a time were called for questioning with the remainder in a holding area outside of the courtroom. It took attorneys more than an hour to question the first six.
Prosecutors will argue that Bisard was intoxicated more than twice the legal driving limit when he drove his squad car into a group of motorcyclists. The impact killed Eric Wells, 30, and seriously injured two other people.
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