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Defense Attorneys Doubtful of Finding Impartial Jury

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Pasco, WA- Attorneys for a man accused of killing his girlfriend remain skeptical they can find 12 people who haven't heard about the case.

Marnicus Lockhard is charged with manslaughter in the disappearance of 19 year-old Tiairra Jo Garcia.

The Pasco woman's body hasn't been found, but prosecutors say they believe Lockhard shot Garcia last June and dumped her body in a remote area of Mount Rainier National Park.

Defense attorney Carl Sonderman says media coverage has made it doubtful an impartial jury can be seated, and he says he plans to ask the trial be moved out of the Tri-Cities.

Today Superior Court Judge Bruce Spanner directed prosecutors and defense lawyers to put together a questionaire to give to potential jurors.

The trial is scheduled to begin next month and is expected to last four weeks, with prosecutors calling more than 40 witnesses.

 

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