Jury selection in Steve Bushaw murder trial likely to start Monday

Today (Wednesday) will be Day 3 of pre-jury-selection motions and other business in the murder trial of Bryce Huber and Brandon Chaney, two of the four men charged in the February 2009 West Seattle shooting death of Steve Bushaw. (The other two have pleaded guilty and are expected to testify.) Tuesday brought about two hours of courtroom activity. Big headline: Jury selection isn’t likely to start before Monday – among other things, all sides agreed that a new group of jurors is more likely to yield people who can stay through a trial that will last weeks rather than days. Superior Court Judge Joan DuBuque is asking for a pool of more than 60. Otherwise, evidence and motions were discussed on Tuesday afternoon, including cell-phone records for defendants and witnesses. Observed Huber’s lawyer Anthony Savage, “We have a three-page document here that’ll strike you blind if you try to read it.” Prosecutor Jeff Baird came with a sheaf of charts that apparently show timelines with arrows, horizontal lines, and photos, to help visualize the cell-phone trail. Then came the discussion of what evidence will be admissible – for example, the home-invasion robbery that is alleged to be the reason why Huber allegedly wanted Bushaw dead, and the marijuana dealing in which both were allegedly involved. Said prosecutor Baird: “I think everyone knows by now that marijuana is in a state of quasi-legality in Seattle, and other parts of the country, and does not rise to the level of crimes that require close police attention. I don’t think anyone would hold it against Mr. Huber or for that matter Mr. Bushaw that they happened to buy marijuana and sell it on a small scale to their acquaintances.” Proceedings are scheduled to resume at 9 this morning.

4 Replies to "Jury selection in Steve Bushaw murder trial likely to start Monday"

  • BJ July 20, 2011 (9:06 am)

    Well alright, here we go. Finally. Let’s see some justice done up here in the PNW (since obviously Florida doesn’t know what the hell that means)…

  • RF July 21, 2011 (7:14 am)

    What happened in court Wednesday morning and what time does the session begin today, Thursday?

    • WSB July 21, 2011 (8:23 am)

      RF – We weren’t able to go on Wednesday so I don’t know what happened. We will be in court as often as we can but may miss some days. I called the bailiff at day’s end and she told me court resumes at 9 am today. – TR

  • RF July 21, 2011 (5:59 pm)

    Thank you TR. Do you know the schedule for tomorrow, Friday? Is there a way to look up the schedule on the internet or read through transcripts of the days that you aren’t there to report on them? Thanks!

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