VERSAILLES — Jury selection began anew Monday morning, as attorneys searched for an impartial jury in Woodford County to try murder suspect Lewis "Buck" Ballard.
Jury selection in Bourbon County, where 6-year-old Wesley Mullins was killed in August 2007, stalled Thursday afternoon after two days of individual questioning by attorneys and the judge. Circuit Judge Rob Johnson decided Thursday to move the case to Versailles, which is in the same judicial circuit.
Commonwealth's Attorney Gordie Shaw said none of the potential jurors from Bourbon County would carry over, and the process started at the beginning Monday.
Ballard, 50, may face the death penalty if he is convicted of killing and sodomizing Mullins.
Ballard was staying with Mullins' grandfather in Paris that summer, when the boy came for a visit before school began at Strode Station Elementary. Paris Police found Mullins' body in his grandfather's garage with multiple blunt force injuries to his head.