Welcome, everyone, to the live blog for the Brandon Brown murder trial. I'm just getting set up inside the Johnson County Courthouse.
Jury selection is the first order of business for the day. That should kick off around 9 a.m.
The jury pool is about 100 people and they're taking up every seat inside courtroom 3A, the courthouse's largest courtroom.
Brown will be represented by the Linn County Public Defender's Office. His attorneys are Sarah Hradek and Brian Sissel.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant Johnson County attorneys Dana Christensen and Jude Pannell.
Sixth Judicial District Judge Marsha Bergan will hear the case, which is expected to last through the week.
The voir dire - or jury selection - process should take most of the morning. Jurors will watch an orientation video and be asked questions by the attorneys. They've already filled out a questionnaire about their prior knowledge of the case, which will help whittle things down a bit.
Eventually, we'll get down to a panel of 12 jurors and one alternate.
Orientation video is playing now. I've lost count of how many times I've seen it.
"Do not drink alcohol during breaks." Sound advice.
All of the attorneys, Judge Bergan and Brown are in the courtroom now.
Brown is in a button down suit, suit coat, no tie.
Bergan just said she's going to be excusing some of the panel since two other jury trials expected to go today won't be happening.
Bergan is explaining the case, timing of the case, etc.
Trial is scheduled for 9 days, but Bergan doesn't expect it to take that long.
32 names have been drawn at random. Jury selection will likely take all day, maybe part of tomorrow.
Jurors are going to be filling out the questionnaires shortly.
All 100 are being sworn in now.
Jurors are out of the courtroom. Bergan and attorneys are planning to cut the pool down to something more manageable.
Craziest thing I've ever heard from a potential juror: "I was shot in the head 25 years ago." Bullet went through her brain and she has short term memory loss. "I can forget this conversation in five minutes."
Um, yeah, she's dismissed.
Questionnaires have been completed. Defense has some people they'd like to bring in for questioning.
Some jurors are going to be sent to lunch while some others will stick around for individual questioning about their questionnaire answers. I'm going to take this opportunity to grab lunch and leave for a few hours.
OK. I'm back. Jurors are currently being interviewed about potential medical concerns they'd have with serving on the jury.
Assistant County Attorney Dana Christiansen will now begin asking the jury pool questions, beginning with any knowledge they have of parties involved in the case - attorneys, witnesses, etc.
One juror says they couldn't "condemn" somebody.
Christensen now asking about the "CSI effect," i.e. the prevalence of definitive evidence on that show and whether a lack thereof in the real world would be a problem for the jurors.
We're wrapping up for the day. Live blog will resume tomorrow a.m.