Jury Selection Begins in Murder Trial
Potential jurors called to Barrie Molson Centre
Twelve needed for lengthy murder trial
By TRACY MCLAUGHLIN SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER
Updated 2 days ago
A marathon jury selection process to find 12 jurors who will sit on an eight-month murder trial is now underway.
Three men — Mohammad AL Kazragy, 24, Payam Khastou, 26 and Arash Arashvand, 23, all of Toronto — are charged with the murder of Ali Garakan, 47, of Thornhill.
Garakan’s body was found by Nottawasaga OPP burning in a ditch along the 6th Line of Essa Township on Nov. 7, 2008. Later a post mortem showed he died from a stab wound to the chest.
Throughout the last three years, the case has been slowly winding its way through the courts. In the past year there have been several legal arguments and motions in preparation for the trial.
Several jury pools, each encompassing hundreds of potential jurors, have been called in to do their civic duty.
Because of such a large number of people, the jury selection process is taking place at the Barrie Molson Centre rather than at the Barrie court house.
The jury selection can be quite lengthy, with potential jurors being brought one at a time to tell the court whether they have the financial means, and health, to put their lives on hold while they sit daily as judges on the eight month trial.
The jury selection process is expected to take several days or even weeks.