Day two jury selection wraps up in Bedford County capital murder trial

Published: Dec. 3, 2019 at 6:10 PM EST
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Jury selection for the first capital murder trial in decades is ongoing in Bedford County.

Kevin Soto-Bonilla is accused of killing Lynchburg teenager Raymond Wood.

Wood was found murdered in Bedford County in March of 2017.

Soto-Bonilla is one of six charged with his murder.

One man has already been found guilty at trial and two others have pleaded guilty to their involvement.

During jury selection Tuesday, attorneys asked potential jurors if they can remain impartial despite Soto-Bonilla’s citizenship status and alleged involvement with the violent MS-13 gang.

Jurors are also being asked whether they have previous knowledge about the case from news coverage or social media.

Tuesday, Judge Jim Updike expressed concerns over striking jury members saying their opinions, preconceived ideas and knowledge of the case does not disqualify them. He said only if those factors causes a juror to be partial to the defendant, then that would disqualify them from serving on the jury.

Soto-Bonilla's trial will begin once 14 jurors are selected.

Soto-Bonilla is charged with robbery, abduction, gang participation and capital murder, which could carry the death penalty.

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