Jury selection begins for Sierah Joughin murder trial
WAUSEON, OHIO (WNWO)--The jury selection is underway for James Worley, the man accused of killing 20-year old- Sierah Joughin and leaving her body in a cornfield. Worley is facing aggravated murder charges.
On Monday, more than 100 jurors filled the Fulton county courtroom awaiting selection. They were asked a series of questions by the judge to assess possible biases regarding the case.
At least 27 jurors were excused for a variety of reasons. One juror's son got into an altercation with Worley. Another man was an elementary school teacher where Joughin attended. One man was excused because his wife works with Joughin's Aunt.
During the questioning the judge told jurors to disregard anything they've heard about the case, including information seen on social media. There was also a point during the questioning where the judge asked "Have you expressed an opinion as to the guilt or innocence of the defendant?" More than two people stood up, following the dismissal of several potential jurors.
The trial is expected to begin next Monday with opening statements. It's anticipated to last at least two weeks.