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PASCO, Wash. - Jury selection began Wednesday for the trial of 60-year-old Charlie Harper charged with homicide last fall.
The Franklin County Superior Court sifted through potential jurors all day. Lawyers started with 80 in the morning, but so many people already knew about the case, they couldn't get through everybody in the same day.
Prospective jurors began filing in around 10 a.m., but before they picked up their juror numbers, lawyers hashed out a few final details.
Prosecutors said back in October Harper got into a fight with 65-year-old Cleveland Everhart at 132 S. Hugo Ave. in Pasco. The fight caused Everhart to have a heart attack and die.
Wednesday prosecutors pushed to include a witness who claims he saw Harper just before the fight.
"All that information that it was in his hands. His condition as far as agitated and confrontation are all relevant when it comes to a self defense claim," said Steve Lowe, Franklin County Prosecutor.
Harper's defense argued the witness's testimony isn't necessary. But Benton Franklin Superior Court Judge Robert Swisher said he will allow it during trial.
Lawyers did agree that potential jurors should not be told this is a felony case, where Harper could face a life sentence due to his criminal history.
Prosecutors anticipate testimony could begin as early as Thursday.