Murder trial still a go

The jury trial for a man charged in January 2018 with murder is still scheduled for later this month.
And, while the trial for David Leroy Bright will be held as usual in the courtroom, the process of selecting jurors for that trial will be held at another site.
The trial for Bright, 71, is set to begin on Monday, Aug. 17, with opening statements by Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison and Bright’s attorney, Fayette County Public Defender William Starnes.
During a pretrial hearing last Wednesday, the trial judge, Kimberly G. Koester, confirmed that the trial is set to go with Assistant State’s Attorney David Sternau and Starnes.
Koester, the Fourth Judicial Circuit chief judge who is currently the trial judge in Fayette County, also brought up the idea of holding jury selection at some location other than the courthouse, in order to abide by social distancing guidelines.
Fayette County Circuit Clerk Kathy Emerick told Koester that she had looked into using the Mother of Dolors Parish Center, but the American Legion Home, located one block south of the courthouse, has been chosen for off-site jury selection.
Bright has been incarcerated in Fayette County Jail on $1-million bond since his arrest in January 2018 on first-degree murder charges.
Those charges allege that on Sept. 17, 2017, Bright struck James Skinner on the head with a sledgehammer, causing Skinner’s death.


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