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Judge to decide whether Dunn jury will be sequestered

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Updated: 1/31 8:12 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jury selection in the Michael Dunn trial begins Monday. Dunn’s attorneys have asked the jury in the case to be sequestered, mainly because of the extensive pretrial publicity.

One local attorney told Action News decisions on the issue usually center on one key question.

“Now the jury’s picked and they go out into the community and live their daily lives, will they be influenced,” said Dale Carson, a criminal defense attorney. “And in my view, as a defense attorney, there’s a very strong likelihood of that.”

Dunn is accused of shooting and killing teenager Jordan Davis. The case has garnered worldwide attention. In other recent high-profile cases in Florida, jury sequestration has been an expensive proposition.

It cost $33,000 to sequester the jury during the George Zimmerman trial. The costs in the longer Casey Anthony trial reached more than $230,000. But Carson said cost isn’t the most important factor in the judge’s decision.

“If they don’t sequester them, and the defense loses and they appeal, and they have to go through it all again, have a new trial, that’s going to be an even larger problem,” Carson said.

Potential jurors are often asked in these cases if they are willing to be sequestered.

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