CLARION, Iowa – The murder trial of 14-year old Noah Crooks is underway.
He’s charged with shooting his mother Gretchen Crooks in their rural Osage home more than a year ago.
Jury selection started this morning; about 80 people were called to the Wright County Courthouse as potential jury members.
The boy accused in the north Iowa murder; Noah Crooks, was also in the courtroom.
The goal is to whittle down the group to just a dozen jurors and some alternates. We were not allowed to bring our cameras into the courtroom during this part of the trial.
Today in court, prosecutors questioned the men and women of the potential jury. They wanted to know if anyone had heard or read anything about this case. More than half raised their hands.
Attorneys also wanted to know if anyone was a victim or knew a victim of sexual abuse.
The judge then took each one of those people into a private room to decide if they should be dismissed or not. Of the people brought back to be questioned by the judge only a handful did not return to the courtroom.
As for the, 14-year old Crooks didn’t show much emotion today. He mainly just sat and stared forward, not even talking with his lawyer.
The prosecution did tell the jury members they expect the trial to last about two weeks.
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