Jury Picked In Cipriano Murder Trial
PONTIAC (WWJ/AP) – A jury has been selected in the trial of a young Farmington Hills man charged with murder in the baseball bat beating death of his adoptive father.
Tucker Cipriano’s jury in Oakland County Circuit Court has six men and eight women, including two alternates. The panel was chosen Wednesday after two days of interviews.
WWJ Legal Anaylist Charlie Langton described those selected.
“The jury is an older jury. The jury does not know a lot about the case,” said Langton.
“Earlier, each individual juror who knew something about the Cipriano case was brought in individually and questioned by the judge as well as the attorneys,” he said. “So, this is a jury that really does not have a lot of information about the case.”
It was also announced Wednesday that the prosecutor is expected to offer an immunity to another witness in the case . That witness was not named, but reports suggest it could be a friend of the 20-year-old Tucker Cipriano.
Robert Cipriano, 52, was killed inside his Farmington Hills home in April 2012. His wife, Rose, and another son, Sal, were also attacked. Sal Cipriano still is in a hospital.
Judge Shalina Kumar warned jurors that it’s going “to be a difficult trial.” Tucker Cipriano’s co-defendant, 21-year-old Mitchell Young, will have his own jury. The selection process begins Thursday.
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