The facts to be considered are those delivered in testimony from the witness stand -- Judge Teros'
arm always swung to the witness chair as he
delivered the line-- and through exhibits that would be entered into evidence.
The judge's role, he
said. is to tell them what the law is.
The juror, though, he
told each, is "the king of facts."
told him it was their role, too, to decide whether witnesses were credible, using their common sense and experience as a guide.
excused an additional three because of responses to the lawyers' questions.
One was a guy who said in his
experience cops are "out and out liars", one who said he
had a lot of respect for police officers and prosecutors, and who said his
son is Lee County state's attorney and one who said a Kolb cousin was a regular customer at her
place of employment.
By the time Judge Teros called it off for the day shortly after 5 p.m., 10 people made it all the way through the questioning, to be sworn as jurors.
First guy was a truck driver who said all he'd heard about the case was chatter on the CB radio while driving through the Q-C.
hadn't formed any opinions based on that, since "truck drivers are known for being full of it."
There's a retired school teacher, who said she spent nine months in Ohio, with her new grand-twins, and doesn't know anything about the case.