Potential jurors in trial of man accused of killing Chatham priest are questioned whether they heard outside information

| September 13, 2011

MORRISTOWN — Following Monday’s revelation by the prosecutor that the man accused of slaying a Chatham priest allegedly impregnated an 11-year-old girl “many years ago,” prospective jurors were questioned today about whether they had heard anything about the case from the media or any other source outside the courtroom.

No one from the jury pool was present Monday when Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi revealed that information during a conference on proposed “voir dire” questions to be posed to potential jurors.

Of 60 people in the jury pool, about half said they had heard something about the case outside the courtroom. They met in private conferences with Judge Thomas Manahan and the attorneys and “20 or 25” were discharged, according to officials in Superior Court in Morristown.



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