JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It took a fight from attorneys, but at about 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday Judge Russell Healey decided to let the media into the courtroom where the Michael Dunn jury is being chosen.
We're allowed to show you video of the proceedings, but only a static shot of the judge and the attorneys. We cannot let you hear what's happening. Action News will be your ears until the jury is seated and opening statements begin.
This is the judge's way of keeping the identities of the potential jurors out of the spotlight, while giving the media the access to the proceedings that Florida law allows.
The jury pool is shrinking.
The judge and attorneys spent the day weeding out those who can't serve because of a scheduling conflict with their jobs or child care, or because they had already formed opinions about Dunn's guilt or innocence.
They were also asked whether sequestration would be a hardship for them. This jury will be put up in a hotel, kept away from their families and their homes until a verdict is reached.
That verdict could free Dunn or send him to prison for the rest of his life.
He's accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis outside a Southside gas station in 2012 after an argument about loud music.
Ultimately, 12 jurors will be chosen, along with four alternates.
Healey hopes to have them seated by Wednesday so testimony can begin Thursday.