Jury selection will resume at 9.
I suspect we'll have opening statements by midday or right after the lunch break.
Waiting to bring in the 32 person pool of potential jurors, apparently one is MIA.
Hradek is talking to the panelists who consider themselves "native" Iowa Citians. One is an engineering student, another spent about 14 years in the military and had "top secret" status in the air force.
Couple of travelers in the pool with nonrefundable plane tickets. One guy is heading to Oregon on Friday to see a friend play for Oregon. Another is heading to Peru and San Paolo next week.
And now they've been dismissed.
Two people from the larger panel will replace the two just dismissed and now it goes back to the state to question them.
State passes both replacements. Back to defense questioning the "townies."
Panelist said he's working third shift driving a fork truck before coming in for jury duty. I don't envy him.
Hradek asking people at prior jury experience. A few said they've had experience with either criminal or civil trials.
Time for a 15 minute morning break. Jury selection will resume after.
Guy says he'd have to drop some classes if he served on the jury. Only 4 weeks left in the semester, but all of this week and part of the next could be spent in court.
Hradek wants to talk about how the "landscape of Iowa City" has changed. Presumably, this will lead to some questions about race.
Chances are decent that Brown - who is black - could have an all-white jury. One Asian man and one Filipino woman remain in the pool.
Hradek is asking the pool if there are parts of Iowa City they wouldn't want to live. One potential juror says south east side.
The shooting took place on Petsel Place, in Iowa City's westside. Though it doesn't have the reputation of SE Iowa City, it does some higher crime rates.
Earlier this year, there was a string of robberies on or within a few blocks of Petsel Place.
The area is dominated by Pheasant Ridge, which is a large apartment complex. Compared to the rest of Iowa City, it has a concentrated minority population.
No one has mentioned the westside as an area they would avoid, southeast side continues to be mentioned by some.
Woman said she lived on Taylor Drive 11 years ago, wouldn't live there again.
She said there were multiple "exchanges" at night. "It didn't feel safe for me."
Hradek says this case involves race and violence. "Those things are going to be present, whether or not you like it."
Guy who owns property on the west side said he's seen more crime in that area in the last 10 years.
He says it's a much more transient neighborhood than what he expected.
Another juror agrees, says Iowa City is a "special area" and not "close-minded."
We're going to take a break. Hradek says she has a few more questions after lunch.