Just a few more jurors are left to be picked in the trial of a Weymouth man accused for his role in the murder of 2 men in Hingham’s Bare Cove Park in May 2005.
On the first day of what is expected to be a two week murder trial for James Winquist, prosecutors John Bradley and Suzanne McDonough, together with Plymouth County Superior Court Judge Richard Chinn and Defense Attorney Joseph Krowski Junior, selected 13 of 16 jurors out of a pool of roughly 70 potential jurors. Of those empanelled, there are 9 women and 4 men.
It’s expected that the remaining three jurors will be selected when court resumes at 9:00 tomorrow morning. When jury selection is complete, the prosecution and defense are expected to give their opening statements.
The trial, which prosecutors expect to last several weeks, will likely feature more than 14 or 15 witnesses.
Winquist and his former co-defendant Eric Snow, who committed suicide while in custody at the Plymouth County House of Correction while awaiting trial, are accused of bludgeoning to death two men in Hingham’s Bare Cove Park in May 2005, and leaving their bodies in the victims’ makeshift home in a former ammunition bunker.
Prosecutors revealed that one of the hands of the two men who were found dead in the old ammunition bunker was severed off.
Prosecutors say the murders were a way for the two to earn acceptance into a gang – “Brotherhood of the Blood.”
Snow’s case, as a result of his suicide, was dismissed. The trial of James Winquist resumes at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning in Brockton Superior Court.