Opening statements are expected Thursday afternoon in the trial of a man charged with murder and first-degree sodomy of a 6-year-old Winchester boy.
Wednesday marked the third day of jury selection, which is expected to end Thursday, in the case of Lewis "Buck" Ballard, 51, who is charged in the death of Wesley Mullins. Circuit Judge Rob Johnson moved the case from Bourbon County to Woodford County in order to seat an impartial jury.
The boy's body was found in August 2007 in a garage on Main Street in Paris.
Prosecutors will begin calling witnesses Friday. The trial is expected to last about 21/2 weeks, Johnson says.
On Wednesday, Johnson asked potential jurors about their knowledge of the case and of sentences, including the death penalty, that could be imposed if Ballard is convicted. The varied responses mirrored those from potential jurors interviewed Monday and Tuesday.
One man recalled hearing only about the charges on television news programs and said someone should be sent to prison for the crime if the details he heard on the news were true.
That man and several others interviewed Wednesday, were asked to return Thursday.
Some jurors interviewed Wednesday had little knowledge of the case and said they would be able to presume Ballard was innocent at the start of the trial.
One woman, who was excused, said she would have a hard time hearing the details that resulted in the sodomy charge because she has a close male friend who was molested as a child.