MASON CITY, Iowa – Late into the day, we were without a final jury, but now the jury has been set.
The main question being asked of prospective jurors in the murder trial of Michael Cisneros is, “can you be impartial?”
Cisneros is being charged with first degree murder in the death of 20-month-old, John Snyder Jr. nearly 20 years ago.
On average, the jury selection process can last anywhere from a few hours to an entire week, but in this case, chances are, no one anticipated the selection to last this long.
Earlier today, one by one, attorneys read a long list of people who may testify in the case and asked if any of the possible jurors knew these people.
It turns out, many of the names are familiar to the jury pool.
Law enforcement, doctors and even land lords are being called upon to testify for being involved in the case back in 1994.
Each juror was also asked if he or she could stay impartial despite having a relationship with some witnesses.
Many responded, that they weren’t sure but could try.
There are as many as 52 witnesses who could take the stand including Cisneros’ mother and several original investigators from 20 years ago.
The trial will then begin with opening statements at the Cerro Gordo County Law Enforcement center on Wednesday.