Hundreds called for jury duty in Cash trial
January 3, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Hundreds of people have been told to report to the Routt County Justice Center on Monday to potentially decide the fate of Robert Cash, the man accused of trying to kill his former wife.
Tracey Epley is hoping at least 200 people will walk through the doors to report for jury duty. The large number of people called to serve as a potential juror is not unusual for a high-profile case, and she wanted to make sure a large pool was available.
"I wanted to make sure I was doing my job for justice," said Epley, who is the clerk of the court and jury commissioner.
Epley did not want to disclose exactly how many jury notices were sent out for the seven-day trial because the information is not public.
Some potential jurors already have opted out either by postponing their service or by declaring themselves disqualified for service.
Potential jurors could have postponed their jury duty, but that had to be done no later than five business days before the start of Monday's jury selection.
People can disqualify themselves from service for reasons such as not speaking English or if they no longer live in the county.
Jury selection is expected to take one or two days. Epley said groups of potential jurors would be brought into the courtroom in groups to answer questions from attorneys. The trial calls for choosing 12 jurors and two alternates.
Cash is accused of shooting his wife, Rhonda Cash, in the back of the neck June 11, 2010, at their Iris Lane home before shooting himself in the chest.
Cash, who was 55 when the incident occurred, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and crime of violence, both felonies. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 16 to 48 years in prison.
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