John Goodman criminal trial jury selection complete, opening statements scheduled for Tuesday

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- After a long day of questioning, a jury was seated in the DUI manslaughter trial of Wellington polo mogul John Goodman.

Five men and three women were selected. Two of them will be alternates.

Among the jurors are an electrician, an employee of the South Florida Water Management District and a retired teacher.

Earlier in the day defense jury consultant Joshua Dubin renewed concerns over pre-trial publicity.

"One thing has to be readily apparent -- unless they cover their eyes and muff their ears -- is that there is a circus atmosphere surrounding this trial outside the courtroom," he said. "There are entire sections of websites dedicated just to this trial where people can go on and log on and click on every document in the case -- the state's evidence -- and we had one prospective juror who said he did that."

The questions went on for hours before a jury was selected.

Did the potential jurors know key parts of the case? Did they know where John Goodman was before Scott Wilson was killed?
 On and on it went.

Among several questions prosecutor Sheri Collins wanted to know: "Do you have any feelings in terms of the way the police investigation was done? Good, or bad?" She also asked if anyone had ever been a victim of a crime.

She added this: "Let me tell you right off, being a juror, it's work. It's duty. It's not like television where we can wrap it all up in an hour and every single question you have will be answered by instant replay."

There will be no proceedings in the case Friday or Monday.

Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday. The judge has told jurors that trial days will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Prosecutors said they expected the trial to continue through mid-March.

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