Jury Chosen For Trial Of Temeculan

As reported in the Riverside Enterprise – Thursday, October 22, 1936

Nine Women Included in  List to Hear Testimony In Murder Case

Nine women and three men must decide the fate of John D. McNeill, Temecula officer, now on trial in superior court here charged with murdering his wife, Melvey, at their Temecula home last Aug. 13.

The jury was completed at 3:15 p.m. yesterday except for an alternate to be chosen after the court re-convenes at 10 a.m. today.  Six additional veniremen were ordered into court by Superior Judge O.K. Morton for today.  The alternate will serve as a ordinary juror but will not take part in the deliberations unless one of the talesmen is unable to attend the trial.

May Lock Up Jury

Whether the jury will be locked up during the duration of the trial is expected to be decided today by Judge Morton.  A motion to have the jurors placed in custody of the bailiff after the taking of the testimony is started was made by Defense Attorneys Russell S. Waite and John Neblett.  Dist. Atty. Earl Redwine did not oppose or approve the proposal and it was submitted to the court for decision.

The attorneys conducted one of the most meticulous examinations of prospective jurors heard in a criminal case here in years.  Questioning of the veniremen was started early Tuesday and ended only when the attorneys accepted the following 12 persons yesterday afternoon:  I.S. Kennedy, C. Mabel Gilman, Grace Long, Barbara Culver, Marie Bonnett, Ada Clark, Arthur W. Peters, E.J. Pollock, Florence Flaherty, Barbara Best, Alice Green and Hazel Stark.

Closely Quizzed

The prosecutor quizzed the prospective jurors closely on whether they had any compunctions against returning a death verdict, showing that the state will ask for the forfeiture of McNeill’s life.

In appeared probable yesterday that the case may last four or five days, extending the hearing into next week.  The state has subponeaed 60 witnesses and the defense is said to have summoned a large number.

Published in: on February 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

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