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Jury selection begins in F. Glenn Miller Jr.’s death penalty trial

F. Glenn Miller Jr. during a court appearance earlier this month in Olathe.
F. Glenn Miller Jr. during a court appearance earlier this month in Olathe. skeyser@kcstar.com

About 200 potential jurors were called to the Johnson County Courthouse on Monday to begin the selection process in the capital murder trial of F. Glenn Miller Jr.

The 74-year-old Missouri man is charged with capital murder in the April 2014 killings of three people outside of the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom care center in Overland Park.

Questioning on Monday only concerned whether potential jurors had an “extreme hardship” that would prevent them from sitting through a trial expected to last at least three or four weeks.

Possible jurors were called in groups of 20 to the courtroom where District Judge Kelly Ryan gave them an overview of the case and instructed them on their duties as jurors.

Those who indicated they had a possible hardship were then questioned individually by the judge, attorneys and Miller, who is representing himself.

Those not excused Monday were told to return this morning, when they will be questioned about their opinions on the death penalty and their ability to be fair and impartial.

Ryan told prospective jurors that the selection process would take most of the week.

Opening statements and testimony are planned to begin next Monday unless jury selection has not been completed.

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