Full jury selected in Kathy Phillips murder trial; testimony begins Wednesday

By: Alana Greenfogel Email
By: Alana Greenfogel Email

Jury selection wrapped up at 8:50pm CDT after two full days in the courtroom.

Monday, 120 people reported for jury duty. Today, about half were asked back based on a questionnaire they filled out Monday regarding their exposure to and knowledge of the case.

The attorneys selected seven women and seven men to make up the 12 jurors and two alternates. Only two potential jurors remained out of the original 120 member pool after the jury was selected.

WNDU was in the courtroom all day. Here is a look at how the day progressed:


Times are in Central Daylight Time
9:05 Judge calls proceedings to order.
9:27 Deputy Prosecutor questions original 14 potential jurors.
9:55 Judge calls for a short break.
10:05 Court back in session.
10:19 Defense questions potential jurors.
11:00 Defense introduces witnesses to potential jurors.
11:10 Court takes another short break.
11:25 Court resumes.
11:34 Defense finishes questioning potential jurors.
11:35 Counsel deciding which potential jurors to excuse.
11:45 After first round of questioning Seven potential jurors dismissed.
11:45 Court breaks for lunch.
1:12 Jury selection resumes.
1:40 Defense questions second round of potential jurors.
2:02 Defense finished questioning.
2:05 Counsel deciding which potential jurors to excuse.
2:12 Seven more people excused after second round. Two potential jurors, who were excused, admitted to counsel they were uncomfortable with possibly graphic and disturbing evidence.
2:15 Court takes a short break before starting third round.
2:31 Round three of jury selection begins.
2:50 Defense begins questioning for round three.
3:07 Counsel deciding which potential jurors to excuse.
3:15 Six more people excused after the third round.
3:20 Round four of jury selection begins.
4:05 Four more people excused after the fourth round. Half of the jury has been selected.
4:15 Round five of jury selection begins.
4:37 Defense starts round five questioning.
5:12 Four more people dismissed after round five. Eight members of jury decided.
5:21 Court takes a short break before starting round six.
5:36 Round six of jury selection starts. Six jurors still needed.
6:10 Five more jurors dismissed in round six. Nine total jurors selected, five more to go.
6:17 Round seven begins.
6:49 Round seven finished. Four dismissed. Nine selected jurors
6:51 Another juror dismissed.
7:10 Two more dismissed. 10 total jurors selected. Only seven left in pool after this round.
7:15 Round nine begins
7:25 Two more excused. Jury is now at 11.
7:29 Tenth round of questioning begins. Only five remaining
7:37 Round ten over. One dismissed. All 12 on final jury list. Now need two alternates. Only four left.
7:47 Round 11 over. 13 jurors selected. One more dismissed. Three left in the pool.

31-year-old Kathy Phillips faces murder charges and neglect of a dependent.

The highly publicized trial has been postponed at least three times.

Currently Phillips is out on a $5,000 bond.

In March of 2006 Kathy's husband, Garry Phillips, found the body of a baby girl wrapped in a towel in a plastic bag near Phillips’ house.

She was arrested in October of 2006. The prosecution says DNA evidence shows Kathy and Garry Phillips are the biological parents. Meanwhile they deny being the parents, both claiming Kathy was never pregnant.

A judge issued a gag order after the defense attorney made a request. That means all lawyers, relatives, witnesses, and others associated with the case can't speak publicly about it.

Several witnesses are expected to be called during the trial including character witnesses, police detectives, and DNA experts.

We will continue to have updates from the courthouse on this trial. Check back Wednesday morning for more up to the minute reports of the testimony from NewsCenter 16.


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