WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Jury selection is underway in the case of James Herard, a 21-year-old accused in a brutal armed hold-up of a Delray Beach Dunkin Donuts in November 2008.
Herard, of Lauderhill, faces a gauntlet of 19 charges, many punishable by life in prison. They include attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a firearm and use of a firearm during false imprisonment. Three people inside the shop, at at 4800 W. Atlantic Ave., and one on the street were injured in the shooting.
In the first instance since becoming state attorney, Michael McAuliffe has joined one of his chief prosecutors, Jill Estey Richstone, in trying the case.
When McAuliffe introduced himself to jurors this morning he did not invoke his title, just saying simply he worked at the state attorney's office. None of the prospective jurors reported in questioning that they recognized him as the county's top prosecutor.
Richstone and Herard's defense attorney, Peter Grable, together with Circuit Judge Karen Miller for days last week litigated what portions of Herard's 15-hour statement to police jurors can be heard.
In the statement, Herard is believed to have acknowledged that he participated in the crime.
The case is expected to last five days.