Monday, May 17, 2010

Jury selection to resume
in Yuba sex, burglary trial

Jury selection is expected to resume tomorrow in Yuba County Superior Court in the home invasion sex offense trial of suspect Marcus Charles Hagins, 19, of Elverta.

Attorneys could not find an acceptable panel of 12 jurors and at least one alternate last week out of a pool of about 110 juror-candidates. Only 11 jurors could be agreed upon before the panel was depleted.

Another 110 prospective jurors filled out background questionnaires last week for the attorneys and judge to review. If the remaining seats are filled, the trial could begin as early as this afternoon.

A tall, thin, quiet man with dark hair, Hagins is accused of committing sex offenses during a burglary.

He allegedly entered the home of an unnamed Plumas Lake woman in the early hours of a May 2009 morning and stuffed a “ball gag” into her mouth for sexual purposes.

Plumas Lake is a bedroom community in south Yuba County near the juncture of the Feather and Bear rivers.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer R. Dupré-Tokos is prosecuting the case. Sacramento attorney Michael G. Bowman stands in defense. Judge Kathleen O’Conner presides.

Barring any surprises or complications, the trial is expected to last about three days.

Tom Nadeau


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