Jury picked for Al Potter's 1st-degree murder trial
Dale Porter, 39, died in North River in 2014
A jury has been chosen for Al Potter's first-degree murder trial, which is expected to begin hearing evidence Tuesday morning at St. John's Supreme Court.
Potter, 55, is one of two men accused of killing Dale Porter, 39, of Conception Bay North. The identity of the second man accused of committing the murder is shielded by a publication ban while Potter is on trial.
By 1 p.m. NT, the court was still going through potential jurors' exemptions, which can range from medical reasons to loss and hardship.
Prospective jurors were instructed to tell the court if they have connections to anyone on the long list of potential witnesses in the case, lawyers, the accused or the judge.
A jury of 16 people total, with two sitting as alternates, were quickly selected once the group returned from the lunch break. The panel is made up of nine men and seven women.
A collective sigh of relief could be heard from courtroom gallery, where more than 100 people waited to see if they'd be chosen.
"This is one lottery I would not want to win," one potential juror told CBC News.
Selecting a jury is long and laborious. The accused, Al Potter, 55, sits through the proceeding. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pottertrial?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#pottertrial</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcnl?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#cbcnl</a> <a href="https://t.co/DGu4MVqeQG">pic.twitter.com/DGu4MVqeQG</a>—@arianakelland
Porter was found stabbed outside his home in North River in June 2014. He later died in hospital.
Porter was a father of two children, and worked as a fisherman and a truck driver.
Potter is being represented by Randy Piercey. Sheldon Steeves is the Crown prosecutor on the case.
The trial is being overseen by Justice Garrett Handrigan.