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Judge In Mike Peterson Trial Helps Out With Jury Selection

Posted June 5, 2003 3:34 a.m. EDT
Updated December 9, 2006 10:09 p.m. EST

— Judge Orlando Hudson was so frustrated with the slow pace of jury selection in the Mike Peterson murder trial Thursday that he interviewed a potential juror in court.

Hudson first asked the potential juror if she already had an opinion in the case. When she responded yes, she was dismissed. The whole process took about 90 seconds.

The prosecution and defense attorneys have been averaging about an hour with their questioning.

No new jurors were seated on Thursday. So far, 10 jurors have been selected. They still need two more and four alternates before testimony begins.

Peterson is charged with the death of his wife, Kathleen, at the couple's Durham home in December 2001.