WICHITA — Lawyers are closing in on the number of jurors they need to move to the public phase of the first-degree murder trial of Scott Roeder.
By noon, 40 jurors had been qualified to continue their service. More than 42 are needed before lawyers begin public questioning.
During the past five days, lawyers have been questioning jurors in private about issues such as their feelings on abortion and whether they ever used the services of the late George Tiller.
Tiller, 67, was shot in his Wichita church on May 31. Roeder, 51, is charged with premeditated murder.
During private interviews, 11 of the 61 jurors initially called to the courthouse because they couldn't be impartial.
Jurors could still be dismissed, depending on how they answer questions during the public session.
After narrowing the field to 42, lawyers may make their final strikes, 14 for each side, to leave the final panel of 12 jurors and two alternates.