Jury selection was completed this afternoon, and the jury has been sworn in for the Larry and Carri Williams’ trial. The fact that 3 1/2 days were used for the jury selection tells us how serious the process is. Superior Court Judge Susan Cook spent several minutes instructing the jury on their obligations now not to talk about the case with anyone, not to look at any social media or newspapers that might have articles about the case, or read any information source regarding the case.
The jury has now been dismissed until 1pm Friday July 26, when the opening statement by the prosecution and defense will take place.
This afternoon was taken up with motions by the prosecution and defense attorneys regarding what information will be admissible during the trial. There are dozens, maybe even hundreds, of motions that have been considered so far. Additional motions will be considered Friday morning.
By the way, anyone who wants to look at the motions and other documents that have been filed in regard to this case can do so at the Court Clerk’s office of the Superior Court House. The information is available for a fee. Sometimes the documents have been redacted, meaning that information has been blacked out.
I feel certain that there will be a fair amount of media as well as many other spectators at tomorrow’s opening statement. My suggestion would be, for anyone who plans to attend, to arrive early (before 1pm) if you can.
The address for Skagit County Superior Court House is 201 West Kincaid St., Mount Vernon, WA. From I– 5, take exit 226 for Kincaid Street. The drive is about 55 miles from north Seattle. The good news is that, driving north from Seattle, you will be going against traffic.
To sum up: Tomorrow morning will be continuing motions before the judge by the prosecution and defense attorneys. Opening statements by the attorneys will begin at 1pm in Courtroom number two. Testimony for the trial will begin on Monday morning (July 29), and is expected to continue for 4 to 6 weeks.
I will be there tomorrow for the opening statements. I plan to write more this weekend about the various motions, and about the jury selection process. It’s been fascinating, detailed, and messy: let’s hope it results in justice for Hana.