Civil rights trial in W.Va. is delayed
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A case of alleged civil rights violations involving a Jefferson County man hit another snag Tuesday when not enough jurors could be seated for a trial.
Out of a pool of 50 potential jurors, only 25 showed up in Jefferson County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for the trial of David Lee Bell Jr.
Six were disqualified for various reasons, leaving 19 potential jurors for Bell's trial, said Bell's attorney, David A. Camilletti.
At least 20 jurors are needed to select 12 jurors for a criminal trial, Camilletti said.
Jurors can be charged with contempt of court and fined up to $1,000 for not showing up for jury duty, Circuit Clerk Patsy Noland said.
Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. did not mention anything about citing the jurors who did not show up Monday, said Shayna Funkhouser, a clerk in the Circuit Clerk's office.