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A Jury by Monday for Murder Trial in Tri-Cities

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PASCO, Wash. - Franklin County court administrators say they believe attorneys will have enough qualified jurors by Monday to start a murder trial.

Attorneys have interviewed more than 100 potential jurors to consider whether Tashia Stuart shot her mother in self-defense.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers this week excused several dozen people who either couldn't afford to miss work, had conflicting schedules, or who had already formed opinions on Stuart's motives.

Stuart, 40, has been in county jail since March 2011 after Pasco Police arrested her for the shooting death of Judy Hebert.

Stuart claims she shot Hebert during an argument when Hebert came at her with a hatchet.

Along with first degree murder, Prosecutor Shawn Sant has charged Stuart with attempted murder stemming from an incident prior to Hebert's death. Prosecutors allege Stuart and her Husband lured Hebert into her garage and dropped a heavy box on top of her.

A jury acquitted Todd Stuart of the charge.       

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