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VIDEO: Jury selection begins in 2nd-Degree murder re-trial

KAAL-TV
Updated: October 15, 2019 11:50 AM
Created: October 14, 2019 05:34 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Jury selection began Monday for the 2nd trial for Alexander Weiss, a Rochester man accused of shooting and killing a teen in January 2018.

The 26-year-old is accused of shooting 17-year-old Muhammad Rahim after a minor traffic crash that led to a confrontation.  The confrontation ended when Weiss returned to his car, got a gun and shot Rahim.  Weiss has maintained his actions were in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty.

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The first trial, in May, ended in a mistrial after the jury deliberated for less than 12 hours.  They ultimately told the judge they were "hopelessly deadlocked."

This time around news coverage and social media is a key part of the jury selection process.

During the last trial, jurors were asked about their thoughts on gun ownership and immigration.  Those questions were still asked but this time there was an additional set of questions specifically about media coverage of the incident.

Potential jurors were each given a written preface to the questionnaire that described basic information about the case followed by a series of questions about whether or not they had heard, read, seen or come across this case on radio, TV, in the newspapers or on social media.  If they had they were asked to describe the coverage they saw or read about.

Potential jurors were also asked if they had discussed this case with anyone in the past and whether or not they have formed any sort of opinion in the case.

The final questions given to potential jurors was if they did have an opinion if they would be able to put it aside and reach a conclusion based on the evidence and facts presented at the trial.

Jury selection will continue on Tuesday. The jury will likely be handed over the case for deliberation early next week.


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