Prosecution and defense attorneys Wednesday began selecting the jury in the Joshua DeRosier murder trial.
Five spots -- three men and two women -- out of a total of 15 on the jury were filled from 10 prospective jurors questioned by DeRosier's attorney Charles Halverson and Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan in the third-floor courtroom in the Crow Wing County Courthouse.
There will be 12 jurors seated with three alternates for the trial.
Crow Wing County District Court Judge David Ten Eyck instructed jurors not to investigate the case, to not talk about the case with anyone and to avoid media coverage about the case.
Fifty-nine prospective jurors were sworn in and filled out jury questionnaires Monday.
Jury selection will continue today.
Ten Eyck told prospective jurors interviewed that opening statements in DeRosier's trial could be Wednesday, depending on the time it takes to select a jury. The trial could last three weeks, Ten Eyck said.
DeRosier, 20, is accused in the Dec. 24, 2001, murders of his grandparents, Theodore Bieganek, 68, and Angeline Bieganek, 64. The Bieganeks were shot to death while in their bed in their rural Brainerd home.
A grand jury March 7 indicted DeRosier on two counts of premeditated first-degree murder, charges that carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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