BLOOMINGTON — Four alternate jurors were selected Wednesday for the Kirk Zimmerman murder trial, completing the process to choose the panel that will consider charges accusing the Bloomington man of killing his former wife.

A jury of 10 men and two women were chosen Tuesday to serve on the jury when trial testimony begins on Monday. The panel of alternates comprises one woman and three men.

The individual interviews of alternate-juror candidates Wednesday by Judge Scott Drazewski, First Assistant State's Attorney Brad Rigdon and defense lawyer John Rogers included questions about what would-be jurors knew about the case from media reports and conversations with family and co-workers. 

Before the lunch recess Wednesday, three people were excused based on financial and medical issues and a reluctance to judge another person. A woman who knows the Zimmerman family through her work at a medical office also was released.

Rogers asked that a male jury candidate be excused after the man said he was not certain he could set aside an opinion he formed that Zimmerman was likely guilty. The man acknowledged he has closely followed media coverage of the case.

Opening statements are scheduled to be delivered Monday morning in the trial expected to last four to six weeks. A lottery system has been set up to handle the overflow crowd that may seek seats in the courtroom.  

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McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.

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