Jury selection begins in trial for youth charged in death of Charlotte Lafferty

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a 19-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Charlotte Lafferty. The young mother was beaten to death in Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., in March 2014.

Hundreds summoned for jury duty, proceedings held in Yellowknife Multiplex

Hundreds of people received jury summons for the trial of a 19-year-old man from Fort Good Hope. They filed into the gym Monday morning. (Randall McKenzie/CBC)

Jury selection began in Yellowknife Monday for the trial of a 19-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Charlotte Lafferty.

Lafferty, a young mother of three, was found beaten to death in Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., on March 22, 2014, near the community's elders complex.

The man accused was 17 years old when he was charged and cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The accused sat at the defence table this morning as hundreds of people filed into the Yellowknife Multiplex.

Due to the size of the jury pool, the N.W.T. Supreme Court proceedings are taking place in the gym. Once jury selection is complete the trial will continue at the Yellowknife courthouse.

Thirty-four witnesses are expected to testify during the trial, including an elder who called police. Two elders witnessed Lafferty's attack from their apartments and frantically called RCMP for help, but many said officers arrived too late.

The trial is scheduled to take about three weeks.