Judge In Bever Case Wants Jury Chosen Wednesday

Wednesday, April 18th 2018, 1:38 pm
By: News On 6

Jury selection continues in the trial of a Broken Arrow teenager accused of murdering five members of his family and severely injuring another.

Tuesday, defense attorneys and prosecutors questioned potential jurors for the trial of Michael Bever. The judge said she wants a jury chosen tonight so opening statements can begin Thursday.

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The case has been in the news a lot since 2015 when Michael and his brother, Robert Bever, were charged with stabbing their parents and three siblings to death. But, despite that, three potential jurors said they had never heard of the case.

Those who had heard about it had to promise to be fair despite what they have heard.

Two other potential jurors said they weren’t aware they would have to decide the punishment if they find Bever guilty.

The district attorney explained that if they were to find Bever guilty, they would also have to choose the punishment as well.

Several of the jurors wrote on their questionnaire that if a person was found guilty of first-degree murder, the only punishment they could consider would be life without parole, but, attorneys reminded them the law would require them to consider all punishments, which, in this case, would be life or life without parole.

The death penalty is not an option in this case.

The attorneys asked potential jurors questions about homeschooling, whether young people should be held accountable for their actions.

They also asked about bullying and if anyone had ever tried to impress a bully and if people that are homeschooled are behind the curve.

Prosecutors brought up the movie Oceans 11, where several people planned a casino heist, and asked if all people should be held equally responsible for a crime, even if they had different jobs.

The point of the questions, which can get personal, is to find 12 people who can decide the case only on the evidence and be fair to both sides.

The judge warned jurors that it's not like television, where someone can ask for the court reporter to read back part of someone's testimony. The jury also won't get a transcript when they go back to the jury room to deliberate. She said that's why it's important to have jurors who will listen, pay attention and taken notes.

If the jury is selected Wednesday, witnesses could begin testimony Thursday.