Jury selection underway for Bedford County capital murder trial

By  | 

BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) Jury selection is underway in a high-profile murder case in Bedford County. If an impartial panel of 14 can be seated, they'll decide whether a man accused of killing a Lynchburg teenager should live or die.

Mugshot courtesy Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority

Kevin Soto-Bonilla is one of six people charged in connection with the death of Raymond Wood, a 17-year-old high school student who was found brutally murdered along Roaring Run Road in Goode on March 27, 2017.

Shortly after Wood's death, Bedford County's sheriff announced the murder was gang-related. One man has already been found guilty at trial and two others have pleaded guilty to their involvement.

Soto-Bonilla is charged with capital murder, a crime punishable by death if convicted. Because Soto-Bonilla is an immigrant, attorneys are asking potential jurors how they feel about immigration and whether they've had negative interactions with anyone of Hispanic descent. They've also been asked whether they had previous knowledge about the case from news coverage or social media.

While only a handful initially said they had heard about Wood's death Monday, many others recalled being familiar with the case after being provided with additional details by attorneys.

Jury selection will continue Tuesday morning.

Copyright 2019 WDBJ7. All Rights Reserved