MONROE TRIAL JURY SELECTION UNDERWAY
SALINE CO.–The jury trial of Tim Monroe kicked off bright and early this morning with about 45 people showing up for jury duty. The courtroom is packed with potential jurors and there has initially been some posturing for seats.
Of course it would probably help if prosecutor Mike Henshaw’s wife would go about her business in the courthouse and not take up a needed seat in the courtroom, and only for the sole purpose of staring burning holes in Monroe’s back.
There was a moment of tension at about 10:40 when the courtroom was cleared so the attorneys could take a few minutes to question Monroe’s dad, Larry, whom someone (we don’t know who) mistakenly thought was chatting with potential jurors, when actually, he was talking to Jack.
Henshaw was, incidentally, served with a subpoena to appear as a witness this morning by Monroe’s attorney, Paul Christenson. Christenson reported that Henshaw took the subpoena, didn’t say anything, and Christenson subsequently told him, “Good luck.”
However, Henshaw’s name wasn’t read when the witness list was presented to the potential jurors. There’s no telling what that was about. Christenson is indicating that he has every intention of calling the man as a witness, although in what capacity, he hasn’t said.
Henshaw’s assistant, Jason Olsen, has been the only one on the state’s side questioning potential jurors this morning. Henshaw hasn’t said anything. With them at the prosecution’s table is a young girl with a bad haircut/do, Kelly someone (the courtroom has very bad acoustics and her name came out of Olsen’s mouth unintelligible). She’s supposedly an ‘intern.’
Monroe is charged in this case with one count of delivery of a substance containing cocaine to an undercover agent, Justin Zurliene. Zurliene is on the witness list.
Monroe was popped in February of 2008 before Henshaw was a state’s attorney, incidentally, on three separate counts. He maintains that he is a victim of entrapment, and while he doesn’t deny that he sold a small amount of cocaine, he says he was targeted due to some bullshit enacted by a group of the elite in Saline/Harrisburg, who are alleged to be big cocaine fans themselves.
Interestingly, very few of these elite are on the witness list.
One witness on the list has thus far not been served a subpoena—Rodney Marcum—and Disclosure is hearing that he has been “sent off” to a safe location in Florida.
It’s unknown whether Marcum’s testimony will be key. A couple of weeks ago, he submitted a statement in which he indicated that he had never, never, ever been around cocaine before in his life except for that one time when Monroe had it, selling it to Z.
Monroe maintains that Z and his buddies (the other undercover cops) walked right past kilos of coke in Marcum’s truck on their way to bust Monroe.
So far, four jurors have been selected, with a fifth kind of left hanging. It’s highly unlikely that the entire jury will be selected today, but you never know.
More in the print version next week, but we will be giving regular updates, so check back often.
For anyone not familiar with the case, we urge you to pick up a copy of the current issue, on stands in Harrisburg at Stanley’s BBQ, Wild Things and Graf Ink Printing, and in Eldorado at College Drive Liquors. Graf Ink also has several back issues (going back to October) that explain a lot of the things leading up to the trial.
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