Security Unusually Tight for Allen County Trial

By: Lori Mitchell
By: Lori Mitchell

Security was tight Sept. 27, 2006, for the start of a highly publicized double murder trial in Allen County.

Lonnie Freeman and Dustin Asher are charged with two counts of murder and two counts of tampering with physical evidence in connection with the deaths of 38-year-old Daniel Froedge and 32-year-old Kelly Johnson.

The heightened security was also a result of a threatening call in Allen County Sept. 26, 2006, that shut down several businesses, including the courthouse, and delayed the start of the trial.

The morning of Sept. 27, 2006, a pool of 135 potential jurors was narrowed to 36. Judge William Harris then questioned them about their knowledge of the case, if they knew the defendants, the victims, their families or anyone else associated with the trial. Several potential jurors were excused in order to make sure the jury will give both sides a fair and impartial trial.

Much of the afternoon was spent trying to narrow those 36 potential jurors to a final 14.

The trial will continue Sept. 28, 2006, with opening statements and is expected to last several days.

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