With the jury selected, the murder trial of Joshua John DeRosier is set for opening statements Tuesday.
DeRosier was indicted in March on two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the Dec. 24, 2001, shooting deaths of his grandparents, Theodore Bieganek, 68, and Angeline Bieganek, 64.
DeRosier has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Jury selection began Feb. 3 with 59 prospective jurors appearing at the Crow Wing County Courthouse to receive instructions from Crow Wing County District Court Judge David Ten Eyck and fill out a juror questionnaire.
It took six days for DeRosier's attorney, Charles Halverson, and Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan to whittle the 59 prospective jurors into a jury panel of 15 people, 12 regular jurors and three alternates.
DeRosier appeared with Halverson during the six-day jury selection, during which Halverson exercised 14 of his 15 allotted peremptory challenges -- in which the attorney strikes a prospective juror -- and Ryan exercised four of his allotted nine peremptory challenges.
The remainder of the prospective jurors, those not struck or selected to serve, were excused by Ten Eyck from serving on the jury because of their relationship with DeRosier or his family members or because of an economic hardship.
The jury members selected -- eight men and seven women between the ages of 21 and 68 -- represent various occupations. There are business professionals, teachers, business owners, contractors and retirees.
Opening statements were postponed from Friday until Tuesday to allow Ten Eyck to hear a motion by Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan.
On Friday, Ryan, Halverson and Ten Eyck met in a closed session to discuss a motion concerning evidentiary issues.
The prosecution's witness list, filed by Ryan, includes investigators from the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and several family members and friends of DeRosier.
The trial begins almost a year after DeRosier was arrested and indicted for the two counts of premeditated first-degree murder, charges that, if he is found guilty, carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. DeRosier has been held in the Crow Wing County Jail since his arrest.
The Bieganeks were asleep when they were shot on Christmas Eve of 2001. Ted Bieganek was shot twice in the head, Angie was shot once in the head. Along with three spent shell casings from a .22-caliber weapon, a .22-caliber slug was found.
According to the criminal complaint filed against DeRosier in February 2002:
* DeRosier had bought a pickup for $24,000 and Angie Bieganek had co-signed the loan. At the same time Angie Bieganek and DeRosier also applied for credit life insurance, so that if either one of them died the truck would be paid for.
* DeRosier was unable to make payments for his truck and Angie Bieganek had refused to help make the payments for DeRosier.
* The complaint further stated DeRosier had told a friend he wished something would happen to his grandparents because then his truck would be paid off, and he told another friend he had a dream his grandmother was dead.
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