Jury selection continues for Malvo trial

Nov. 11, 2003 at 4:02 PM
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CHESAPEAKE, Va., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Two people were excused Tuesday in the second day of jury selection for alleged D.C.-area teen sniper Lee Boyd Malvo.

The two potential jurors were execused for personal reasons, the Washington Post reported. One said she was moving from the area and another said she could not resolve childcare problems. The trial is expected to take about six weeks.

The Post said Malvo doodled on a yellow legal tablet as the judge and attorneys for both sides questioned potential jurors.

The jury will decide whether Malvo is guilty of the murder of Linda Franklin. If convicted, the jurors would have to decide whether Malvo would be put to death or spend the rest of his life in prison without possibility of parole.

The other man charged in last fall's Washington-area sniper shootings that took 10 lives, John Allen Muhammad, is on trial in Virginia Beach, Va. Both Muhammad's and Malvo's trials are being held in different cities on venue change motions.

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