Jury chosen for John Brothers Jr. trial
May 29, 2014
Steamboat Springs — As one juror put it, it’s civic duty time.
After three long days of jury selection, a jury was finally seated late Thursday afternoon in the case against John Brothers Jr., a former teacher and pastor accused of molesting a boy.
The 14-member jury consists of five women and nine men. Two of the jurors are alternates.
Panels of potential jurors did some soul searching Thursday as attorneys asked them questions to see whether they were suitable to weigh the evidence against Brothers, who is accused of sexually assaulting one boy eight times throughout a six-week period. He has been charged with 16 felonies.
“It’s going to get uncomfortable, that has to be assumed, doesn’t it?” one juror said during questioning.
The boy who claims to have been sexually assaulted is expected to testify during the trial, which is scheduled to go through next week. In addition, the District Attorney’s Office is expected to put on the stand another alleged victim from out of state.
Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann quizzed the potential jurors on whether they were able to come into the trial presuming Brothers was innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Some potential jurors stated they could have a hard time doing that if there were two victims who did not know each other and were making claims against Brothers.
“That the two didn’t know each other makes me feel more that it is true,” one potential juror said.
Opening statements are expected to be made when the trial resumes at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Matt Karzen said it might be Wednesday before they rest their case.