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A judge announced the jury for Chris Jones' trial was finalized on Tuesday afternoon. Two jurors will serve as alternates; 12 will serve as the main jurors for the murder trial. Five of the jurors are women, and the other nine are men.
Jones is charged in the murder of his estranged wife, Heather Palumbo-Jones, who went missing in April 2013. Her body was found about one week later. Her disappearance came just days before she and Jones were scheduled to appear in court for their impending divorce.
At jury selection on Monday, the defense requested a new juror pool after the judge mentioned the sentence Jones faces if convicted. Doing so is against state law. The prosecution and judge agreed that a new juror pool was in order. Now that the jury has been selected, the trial is expected to get underway.
For more than four hours on Tuesday, the prosecution and defense carefully questioned potential jurors, asking about marital status, history of domestic violence, if they have ever been a victim of a crime, and whether they had any knowledge of the case.
Since the jury will be sequestered, Judge Carter intends to keep the trial moving along quickly, making for a few long nights. He also asked to send the sequestered jurors home Tuesday night and to bring them back Wednesday morning.
WMC Action News 5's Lauren Squires will be in the courtroom following the trial all week. Follow @LaurenSquires on Twitter for updates or click here.