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Jury selected for Franklin County Coroner Inquest

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The jury for the Antonio Zambrano coroner's inquest is now finalized, less than 24 hours before the inquest begins Tuesday morning.

This inquest comes almost two years after three Pasco Police officers shot and killed Zambrano after he threw rocks at passing cars and police officers.

Jury selection concluded Monday afternoon, with five men and two women being chosen for the jury that will consist of six seats plus one alternate.

The point of the inquest is for the jury to make a recommendation to the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office, but it doesn't have the power to force a decision, and prosecutor Shawn Sant already declined to charge the officers involved in the shooting.

Once selected, Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel instructed the jury on its role, including a very specific request.

"You will hear evidence concerning the intersection of 10th Ave. and Lewis Street in Pasco," Blasdel said. "I request, but not require, that you avoid this intersection until this inquest is over. If your comings and goings takes you to the intersection, you should certainly drive attentively, but avoid any particular note of the intersection itself."

The Latino Coalition of Tri-Cities wrote a response to Monday's jury selection calling for Blasdel to postpone the inquest, citing a lack of diversity in the jury pool of almost 80 people.

None of the six jurors and one alternate selected for the inquest are minorities.

Retired King County Judge Michael J. Fox, who has been hired to deliver evidence during the inquest and ran the jury selection, declined to comment about the lack of diversity on the jury.

The inquest will begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. at Columbia Basin College.

Evidence is expected to be presented for two to three days before the jury has to make a decision.

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