12-person jury, alternates chosen in Jerry Sandusky abuse case
ASSOCIATED PRESS June 6, 2012 2:38PM
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives for the second day of jury selection as his trial on 52 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys over a period of 15 years gets underway at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Wednesday, June 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Updated: June 6, 2012 2:46PM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The jurors who will be asked to render a verdict in Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse case are in place.
The seven women and five men on the main panel and four alternates were selected Tuesday and Wednesday in a central Pennsylvania courthouse.
Opening statements by prosecutors and his defense lawyers won’t be made until Monday. The trial is expected to last several weeks.
The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach faces charges he abused 10 boys, including attacks in his home and in campus athletic showers. He’s denied the allegations, and could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.
Many of the jurors have ties to Penn State, the state’s largest university with its main campus in nearby State College.