BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — Ten potential jurors were questioned Thursday, February 20, and none were selected to serve on the capital murder and battery case of Mauricio Torres.
Jury orientation began on Tuesday with more than 100 potential jurors who were given court instructions Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren, he is also the judge presiding over the case. The potential jurors were placed into groups of three and assigned a date to return to court. On Wednesday, a total of 12 potential jurors answered what the prosecutor called, “value questions,” and four were selected for jury duty of that group — three women and one man.
A minimum of 12 jurors is expected to be picked, in addition to three alternates. The judge said this case could begin by Friday, February 28, or maybe a day or two sooner.
This case is a retrial for Torres who in 2016 was convicted of capital murder/battery and had been sentenced to death, but it was overturned. In 2019, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the crime happened in Missouri (while Torres was camping with his family) and authorities in Arkansas could not use rape to give substance to the capital murder conviction.
Court resumes 8:30 a.m. Friday in Benton County Circuit Court.