Jury selection begins in Adams’ trial

09-04 JURY SELECTION

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MASON CITY, Iowa – When it comes to the accused, Kenneth Adams, both sides are looking for jurors who can keep focused, take in the evidence and make a decision from there.

The process is long and can take hours but without it, the prosecution and defense would have no idea who they’re presenting their arguments to.

In the courtroom on this day, it’s clear both attorneys want people to answer questions honestly, as opposed to what they may think is right.

“That’s where the real answers came from. We can all answer politically correct, but just because you can answer that way, doesn’t mean that’s how you feel. I’m trying to get to how you feel about different things,” said Susan Flanders, Defense Attorney for Kenneth Adams.

While some questions are broad and aim to learn more about  each potential juror’s backgrounds, other questions get right to the point.

“What’s also wrong with this situation? A kid’s screaming, what’s prone to happen when they’re screaming,” said Blake Norman, Assistant Cerro Gordo County Attorney.

Kenneth Adams is on trial facing charges of child endangerment.

Police found his 19-month-old son unresponsive at their Mason City home last October.

The child was later declared dead after being rushed to a nearby hospital.

Although both attorneys admit strong feelings can rise when dealing with the death of a child, what’s important is following the facts.

“Listen to all the evidence presented by the state and the defendant and that you give the proper decision. Give both sides a fair opportunity,” said Norman.

Attorney’s were later shocked when they asked if any jurors knew of one another.

Many raised their hands since many actually knew one another or knew the Adams family to some degree.

Attorneys say they have their work cut out for them in deciding who makes the cut.

Jurors who are chosen will be back tomorrow to begin hearing opening statements.

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