LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Twelve jurors have been selected for the Patrick Elliott murder trial. Questioning started around 1:30 Friday afternoon and ended around 5:00 p.m. Jury selection is the only time that the attorneys can have direct conversation with the jury throughout the trail process.
Both the state attorney and the defense attorney asked questions. As News 18 previously reported, Patrick Elliott is accused of murdering his wife, Donita Elliott, in August of 2017. He is claiming self-defense against his wife, who Elliott said had ongoing mental health issues.
Defense attorney Mike Troemel asked the potential jurors questions about mental health. He asked the first round of potential jurors if they believed mental health issues are real. All said they did. In addition, they agreed to Troemel's question that self-defense is a valid defense.
It is up to the state to disprove self-defense in this case. Six of the first 12 jurors were selected in the first round. Questioning for the second round of jurors began around 3:30 p.m. Six jurors from the second round were selected. The alternate jurors were selected in a third round.
Judge Randy Williams is anticipating the trial to last until Thursday or Friday of next week. The trial begins at 8:30 Monday morning.