Jury Selection Begins In Case Of Seattle Jewish Shooting Involving Pasco Man
SEATTLE (AP) - Jury selection is under way for the trial of Naveed Haq, who is accused of killing one woman and wounding five others in a shooting rampage at the Seattle Jewish Center in July 2006.
The case features an unusually large pool, nearly 400 potential jurors showed up Sunday and it is expected to take at least three weeks to empanel the jury.
The trial promises to be one of King County's most intense and complex criminal trials in recent years.
The 32-year-old Haq is accused of storming into the Jewish Federation of greater Seattle and shooting as he railed against the Iraq War and Israel.
He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to one count of aggravated first-degree murder, five counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of first-degree kidnapping, one count of unlawful imprisonment, six counts of first-degree burglary and six counts of malicious harassment ... The state's hate-crime law.
If convicted, Haq faces life in prison without parole.
Late King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng decided not to seek the death penalty because of Haq's history of mental illness