For a third straight day on Wednesday, the prosecution, defense and Judge Richard Chinn inside Brockton Superior Court were unable to fully empanel a 16 member jury in the trial of James Winquist.
Prosecutors say Winquist and Eric Snow, who killed himself in his jail cell in March, bludgeoned to death 47-year-old William Chrapan and 49-year-old David Lyons in May 2005 leaving their bodies in a World War II ammunition bunker in the Bare Cove Park in Hingham. Winquist faces two counts of murder.
At the end of the session on Wednesday, in the jurors box were 15 so-called indifferent jurors selected out of the jury pools from the last three days. On Wednesday, the defense, prosecution and judge picked through 72 potential jurors. By 11:15 a.m on Wednesday, 12 women and three men had been picked.
During the empanelment process, selected jurors, like the 15 indifferent jurors chosen so far, remain as indifferent jurors until the prosecution and defense officially decide that they are satisfied. When both are content, a full jury will be sworn in, making up a fully empanelled jury.
According to Defense Attorney Joseph Krowski Jr, he has used all of his challenges which allow the possibility of eliminating an indifferent juror, with the chance for a new one to be selected. Prosecutors John Bradley and Suzanne McDonough collectively have one challenge remaining.
It’s expected that the jury could be fully empanelled Thursday morning before lunch, with the opening statements and possibly testimony from at least one witness by the end of the day on Thursday.
The case is expected to resume at 9:00 Thursday morning inside Brockton Superior Court.