Jury selection in the murder trial of Patrick and Joy Watkins began this morning, seeking at least a dozen who will decide whether or not the couple killed their 10-year-old daughter a year ago.
A new pool of potential jurors filed into Clark Circuit Court today as the process began.
Clark Circuit Clerk David Hunt requested approximately 220 names of potential jurors from the state for this term, 10 percent more than he normally requests for a month's circuit court service. The number of eligible, qualified jurors will be significantly less, he said, due to people not being qualified, having already been on jury duty within the last two years, or having moved out of the county. The state selects names for jury duty at random, he noted.
"If we can get 50 percent of those to an active-service jury pool, that will be good," Hunt said this morning.
Today is the first day of service for the new pool, which will go through an orientation program before actual jury selection begins, he said.