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Updated: Monday, 06 Dec 2010, 4:38 PM CST
Published : Monday, 06 Dec 2010, 8:45 AM CST
BAY MINETTE, Alabama (WALA) - UPDATE: 2:04 p.m. "Anyone know anything about blood splatter analysis?" asked Knizley.
One juror raised her hand. She studied criminal justice in college at Faulkner State.
"We drew out crime scenes and we did do some blood splatter," said the potential juror. "We did measurements, placing. The teacher explained it, but didn't show us. We didn't have a test on it."
"Does anyone know anyone who has attempted suicide?" asked Knizely.
One woman said she has a friend that tried to kill herself when she was a teenager.
"She cut her wrist," said the woman.
The woman said her friend does not continue counseling.
Another woman said her brother-in-law attempted suicide about 10 years ago. He tried to kill himself with a nail gun.
"He shot himself in the temple and spent about five days in the hospital," said the potential juror. "He is on medication now and in counseling."
Another woman said her niece hung herself at the age of 29.
"It was due to alcohol. She had been caught numerous times, the last time with her two babies. They took her to jail and the next day she hung herself," said one woman. "She went through drive through at McDonald's and they noticed she had been drinking and that she had two children with her, and they called the police."
1:41 p.m. Jury selection in the Steve Nodine murder trial has resumed.
Defense attorney Dennis Knizley is now questioning potential jurors. Knizley is asking jurors about any possible connections to stalking, harassing, or restraining orders issued.
Knizley also wants to know if any of the potential jurors have ever held public office.
Nodine, meanwhile, sits at the defense table.
"Were they issued a car?" continued Knizley.
Knizley is also talking to jurors about the BP oil spill.
"Was anyone involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, with the government or BP itself ?" asked Knizley.
He also brought up the recent Baldwin County district attorney race.
"Did anyone work in Ms. Newcomb's campaign?" he asked.
"I think I had a sign in my yard," said one potential juror.
"That counts," said Knizley.
10:57 a.m. "How many of you have heard something about this case?" asked District Attorney Judy Newcomb.
Everyone raised their hand, except one person.
"I don't watch local television or read the paper. So, I really don't know," said the juror.
The Baldwin County District Attorney's Office is asking potential jurors if they have any connections to psychologist or counseling.
"Have any of you ever been a victim of a crime?" asked Newcomb.
One juror said in college he was the victim of a break-in, A woman said her husbands hunting dogs were killed and they went to court. One man said he was the victim of assault and went to court.
10:45 a.m. The potential jurors said they do have bumper stickers for things such as "proud Vietnam veteran", "Keep Christ in Christmas" and various college bumper stickers.
One man said he has never used email.
District Attorney Judy Newcomb is asking whether potential jurors have children at home and if they are between the ages of 10 and 15.
Several people raised their hands.
Newcomb is also asking potential jurors about their marital status.
10:41 a.m. Jury selection has resumed after a brief break.
The Baldwin County District Attorney's Office is reading over its list of potential witnesses in the Steve Nodine murder trial.
Matt Green, Jay Ross (Mobile County attorney), Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran, and Nodine's former wife Kimberly Nodine.
Mark Erwin is also on the list of potential witnesses for the District Attorney's Office.
10:10 a.m. "Anyone related to Angel Downs, anyone do business with Angel Downs? Are any jurors related to Mobile County government?" Judge Partin asked the potential jurors.
One woman answered yes, she works for Mobile County Public Works. The woman said she has spoken to Steve Nodine on occasion. The woman said it would not influence her in this case.
9:28 a.m. Potential jurors are being brought into the Baldwin County courtroom for the Steve Nodine murder trail.
Juror number one is missing and juror number two called in sick.
The first potential juror has been dismissed. The man told the court he would not be available for at least two weeks.
Judge Partin asked the potential jurors if any have formed a fixed opinion about the defendants guilty or innocence "based on what you've seen from any source."
So far, three people have been dismissed because they have formed an opinion already.
An aircraft mechanic, builder, wound care nurse, retired mail carrier, retired nurse, homemaker and student are just a few of the potential jurors.
Nodine is sitting at the defense table and looks at each juror as they stand to state what they do for a living and where they live.
9:23 a.m. Attorneys for both side are discussing questions that will be posed to the 81 potential jurors in the Steve Nodine murder trial.
"I will ask about their availability to serve for two or more weeks and that will clear
out some people," said Judge Partin.
Pre-trial publicity appears to be a concern on the courtroom.
"I am going to ask does any potential juror have a fixed opinion about the defendant one way or another, we are going to get rid of them," added Judge Partin.
The jurors will be asked what they have heard individually and if they have a fixed opinion based on pre-trail publicity.
"We do plan to ask about suicide, and it is a very sensitive subject," said Nodine's attorney Dennis Knizley.
The jurors have not come into the courtroom yet.
8:43 a.m. Steve Nodine was in a Baldwin County courtroom before 9 a.m. Monday. He sat alone at the defense table in Judge Charles Partin's courtroom.
Nodine's murder trail starts Monday with jury selection. He's accused of shooting his longtime mistress, Angel Downs, on Mother's Day.
Five people were with Nodine and appeared to be either family or friends.
The former Mobile County commissioner has already plead guilty to federal gun charges.
Dennis Knizley, Steve Nodine's attorney, said the jury selection will take all day.
Attorneys for both sides will question potential jurors face to face, instead of giving them a questionnaire. Their questions include suicide and any connection to the subject.
There are about 81 people in the jury pool.
The defense maintains Angel Downs shot herself on Mother's Day.
Knizley said he is looking for "jurors who can be open minded and fair; jurors who can try the case based on what they hear in the courtroom."
Nodine's mother and sister are both in court.
The state said Nodine killed Angel Downs on Mother's Day.
April Douglas is inside the courtroom. Check for her updates here on Fox10tv.com and then watch her full report tonight on FOX10 News at 5 p.m.