Jury Selected for Mosher Trial

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Jury selection began on Monday, April 9, 2007, for an Indiana woman accused of killing two prominent Bowling Green businessmen in June 2006.

Jury selection started at the Logan County Courthouse at 9:30 a.m. and wrapped up just before 6:00 p.m in the case of the Commonwealth vs. Mickey Mosher.

Mickey Mosher is charged with the murder of Cornelius Martin and Brooks Mitchell. The men were riding their motorcycles last June in Logan County when police say Mosher crossed the center line while driving under the influence of drugs.

Cornelius Martin and Brooks Mitchell were both killed in the accident and another rider, Bill Leachman, was seriously injured.

WBKO was told that 250 people were summoned to be in court on Monday for jury selection. By the time excuses and emergencies came into play, 95 potential jurors showed up.

"This isn't a position you volunteered for. It's kind of like the draft. You were drafted to be here," said Kristy Vick Stratton, the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Logan and Todd Counties.

After seven hours of questioning, 35 potential jurors were released.
Questions asked of jurors included whether or not they had heard about the case before, whether or not they were related to the attorney's, witnesses, or the victims, whether the attorneys in the case had ever represented them or someone close to them and whether or not the juror could comply with the concept of innocent until proven guilty

"It's important to get a jury who can render verdicts based on evidence shown only in the courtroom," Logan County Judge Tyler Gill said during the trial.

Day one of the Mosher trial concluded with 14 jurors being selected for the case. All of these jurors say they had already heard about this case before Monday.

Judge Gill said several times on Monday that they hope to have the trial over with by Friday, but it could continue into next week.

"The court is going to have to require a unanimous verdict," Mosher's attorney, Stewart Wheeler said to the potential jurors on Monday.

Expected to testify in court are doctors from Logan Memorial Hospital; expert witnesses including a pharmacologist, to explain body absorption; a psychologist to explain why people behave the way they do; witnesses at the scene; the Logan County coroner; employees of the Logan County Sheriff's Department; the Russellville Police Department; and the Volunteer Fire Department.

Bill Leachman, along with Lloyd Ferguson who was also riding with the men when the accident occurred, are also expected to testify.

During the first day of the trial, Mosher rarely looked at potential jurors and focused her attention mainly on her attorney. Mosher's attorney Stewart Wheeler didn't say for sure whether Mosher will testify in this case.

"We appreciate your time and attention that you'll be giving to both sides of this case," Wheeler said to potential jurors in the courtroom on Monday.

Opening statements in the trial are set to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2007.


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