Jury Selection Begins in Florida Double-murder Trial

Jacksonville murder trials can be some of the most interesting cases to be involved in, but unfortunately, some of the most complicated if those cases go to trial. Most people assume that any and every attorney is experienced enough in every phase of a trial, but one should not assume. One should obtain an experienced attorney who has the experience to ensure a favorable outcome.

According to the Bradenton Herald, jury selection is continuing in the murder trial of Gregory Kennon, accused of murdering Crystal Johnson, a 19-year-old expectant mother who was shot during a burglary in Johnson’s apartment. Kennon has been charged with two counts of first degree murder and armed burglary; if convicted, Kennon will face life in prison. jury.jpg

Jacksonville murder cases that involve jury trials typically result in a long and strenuous process for the defendant as well as the victim’s family. Most times though, the crucial part of the trial phase is the jury selection phase, which can make or break the defendant.

Voir Dire, or the jury selection process, is the process by which potential jurors are sorted through and weeded out in order to determine who will have the most impartial opinion from the outset and will, in theory, find the most fair and unbiased outcome for the case. However, the most fair and balanced outcome is not always guaranteed for the defendant.

The jury selection process begins by first interviewing a pool of jurors to find out whether any of the potential jurors knows any of the lawyers, defendant(s), witnesses or the judge personally, in order to determine whether the juror could be unfairly biased towards or against the defendant. The system is attempting to rid the system of its imperfection, however it’s people will be its downfall.

The jury selection process is flawed in that it selects jurors on a particular set of questioning, based on preselected set of criteria that a potential must meet to show impartiality. However, meeting a list does not determine whether someone will be an impartial juror or not. Many times people are simply lying in order to sit on a jury and intentionally harm someone by voting partially.

An experienced Jacksonville murder crimes attorney would know how best to go about picking a jury. One must have a jury picked to not only provide the most impartial, but to also be free from those who lie about opinions in order to participate, including such opinions as:

– Death penalty
– Murder crimes
– Racial issues
– Gender issues
– Child criminal involvement issues
These and many other factors can weigh heavily on whether a jury can be sure to be the best and most completely impartial set of jurors to date. Only an experienced attorney can be sure to provide that and only person can be sure that that experienced attorney has been obtained appropriately. You.


One should not risk going to jail for a long period of time when an experienced attorney can make sure that their best defense is brought forth and their rights fought are fought for. The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source: Jury selection continuing for murder trial of man accused of killing Bradenton woman, unborn child, Richard Dymond, The Bradenton-Herald