Round two: Jury to be selected

More than 1,000 potential jurors have been summoned to appear in district court Thursday when the state makes a second attempt at jury selection in the capital murder case against Sabrina Vielma. Vielma faces the death penalty for the Dec. 11, 2011, death of her 4-year-old son Davaughn Rodriguez.

Jury selection first began in December of 2017 but came to a halt when 75 percent of summoned jurors failed to appear. At the time, visiting Judge Stephen A. Ables told the crowd of 124 potential jurors that 500 people were asked to appear at the Uvalde County Courthouse. A turnout of 215-220 people is needed to select a jury.

Summons are randomly generated using voter registration rolls and driver’s license records.

Prior to jury selection, a final pre-trial hearing was held Friday at 10 a.m. in the Uvalde County Justice Center. There, Judge Ables said he hopes to have 120-130 jurors qualified by the end of Thursday. Those jurors will receive a questionnaire to return Friday.


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