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Judge Walter Kurtz has selected a jury in Nashville for the George Thomas retrial.

The jury pool of 12 jurors and 4 alternates is made up of eight Caucasian men and five African-American woman and three Caucasian women.  All of them reside in Davidson County.

The jurors will travel to Knoxville by bus on Sunday. The retrial is scheduled to begin Monday morning.

Attorneys narrowed the available jury pool on Thursday with 67 potential jurors in the lineup. 61 people returned for Voir dire Friday, in which attorneys question potential jurors about their knowledge of the case and look for any signs of bias.

Nine men and three women were dismissed after two hours' worth of questioning

The 12 jurors and four alternates were selected from the remaining 49 potential jurors in the pool.

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The first day of jury selection for George Thomas' retrial is over in Nashville.

About seventy potential jurors will return Friday morning at 8:30 am for questioning.

The judge expects a jury to be seated by the end of the day Friday, and the jurors will be brought to Knoxville for the duration of the trial, which is expected to start Monday.

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Jury selection is underway in Nashville for the retrial of George Thomas, one of the suspects in the brutal murder of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.

They started the day with 117 potential jurors.  So far, 30-40 have already been dismissed because of various hardships.

Judge Walter Kurtz said the trial is expected to last at least 8-9 days, so if jurors couldn't be away for that long, he can excuse them.

The remaining pool will fill out a 7-page questionairre, to determine what they already know about the case.

Defendant George Thomas is in the room.

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Jury selection for the retrial of one of the suspects previously convicted in the brutal murders of a Knox County couple will begin Friday morning in Nashville.

George Thomas was found guilty of first degree murder in the 2007 deaths of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.  He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.  But earlier this year, he was granted a new trial, after the previous judge admitted to a prescription drug addiction during the trial.

Judge Walter Kurtz was appointed to oversee Thomas' retrial and ordered it after determining he could not serve in Baumgartner's role as the so-called "13th juror" in the previous trial.

He moved the jury selection for the retrial to Davidson County.  The selected jurors will be brought to Knox County for the trial next week, where they will be sequestered.

Jury selection is expected to take two days.

The Thomas trial is set to begin on Monday.

Two other men convicted in the case, Letalvis Cobbins and Lemaricus Davidson, were not granted retrials.  Cobbins is serving a life sentence. Davidson is on death row.

The only woman charged in the case, Vanessa Coleman, was found guilty of a few lesser charges in her retrial.




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