The “little old lady,” accused of assaulting police will have her day in court.
The trail of Betty Chambers got underway Monday in South Bend.
While many accused criminals come to court bound by handcuffs, Chambers came bound to a wheelchair.
She was 79-years old in February of 2005, when she allegedly assaulted an officer who had come to her home with another officer, to check on her welfare.
Chambers faces two felony counts for resisting law enforcement and battery to a police officer.
On Monday, a jury was seated after five hours of trying.
The panel consists of six women and one man.
The process took five hours to complete, and it resulted in the questioning and dismissal of 26-jury candidates.
During opening statements, Chamber’s attorney claimed that
His client acted in self defense.
The defense says that Chambers hit one officer—one time---
over the head with a cane, as that officer was using a taser on a man who served as her caregiver.
Prosecutors say the officer was hit three times over the head with the cane, and that the third blow nearly knocked him unconscious.
An attempt to hold the trial in November was scrapped.
Pre-trial publicity made it impossible to seat an impartial jury.