CLEARWATER (WKZO)-- Jury selection began today in the case of Casey Anthony, a Florida woman charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. Defense counsel Jose Baez argued for a continuance this morning, but was denied motion by Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Belvin Perry. If convicted, 25-year-old Anthony could face the death penalty for first-degree murder. Chief Judge Perry ruled Friday that despite Anthony’s parents serving as witness for the defense and the prosecution they will be permitted to attend the trial.
Anthony’s trial will take place in Orlando, however jurors are being selected in Clearwater, 100 miles away from Orlando, due to the excessive media attention. Chief Judge Perry is expected to select 20 jurors and 8 alternates. The selection process will include two rounds of individual questioning and jurors will be asked if they could recommend the death penalty for Anthony. Potential jurors that aren’t discharged for hardship reasons will be notified to come back for further rounds of questioning in the upcoming weeks. The final jury will be made up of 12-14 jurors and be asked to relocate to Orlando for the entirety of the trail.