Nfld. & Labrador

Jury picked for Al Potter's 1st-degree murder trial

Al Potter is heading to trial for the 2014 death of Dale Porter in Conception Bay North.

Dale Porter, 39, died in North River in 2014

A jury has been selected at Supreme Court in St. John's for the first-degree murder trial of Al Potter. (Eddy Kennedy/CBC)

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.

North River resident Dale Porter, who's pictured here working on a fishing boat, died during the early morning hours of June 29, 2014. (Submitted photo)

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. 

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. 

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Ariana Kelland is a reporter with the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador bureau in St. John's.