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Treatment of Twin Falls Jury During Pocatello Murder Trial

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By Kim Bartlett

6-6-2007
A murder trial in Pocatello that had been getting a lot of media coverage had the judge looking for a jury outside of the area.
That judge searched here in Twin Falls and officials are making sure those jury members are treated as if they were at home.
Sixteen-year-old Torey Adamcik of Pocatello is accused in the brutal murder of his former classmate Cassie Jo Stoddart in September of last year.
Sixteen-year-old Brian Draper has already been convicted in the murder.
Due to the high volume of media coverage in the Pocatello area the judge in the case had to search out of the area for a fair trial.
Jury Commissioner Jerry Woolley says, “They felt like they might have to go through a lot of jurors and not get a jury pool that already was tainted by what they had read and the importance is what you hear in the trial and not outside sources."
A jury was selected from here in Twin Falls and officials say it went better than expected.
Especially in the reactions they received from those chosen for the jury.
Jury members have been put up in a hotel.
And they are allowed to have contact with their families as long as their phone calls are supervised.
They are taken by officials to restaurants for meals but they are not allowed to have any type of electronics unless they have supervision.
Officials say even though the trial was expected to last two weeks it could wrap up this weekend.



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