Jury selected in Amy Senser case

5:49 AM, Apr 24, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A jury was selected in the Amy Senser case Monday afternoon.

The jury of eight men and six women were selected from 22 potential jurors. All of them are professionals and several have children. Many were asked about their jobs, families, hobbies and history with the legal system.

The potential jurors were also questioned about their familiarity with the media coverage regarding the case and whether or not they could remain objective during the trial.

Senser's attorney filed a motion to have a change of venue due to the pre-trial publicity the case had received. A judge denied the motion to move her trial to Kandiyohi County.

Prosecutors have charged Senser with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run accident that killed Anousone Phanthavong last August.

During her opening statement, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Deborah Russell said Senser's stepdaughter, Brittani Senser, called defense attorney Eric Nelson on September 1 and said that he didn't tell the State Patrol who the driver was she would. Amy Senser admitted she was the driver in a written statement the next day.

In his opening statement, defense attorney Eric Nelson said Phanthavong's death was tragic, but claimed Senser did not known she had hit a person at the time.

Court was recessed for the day after opening statements.

Senser's husband, former Minnesota Vikings player Joe Senser, was not present at the trial. Other family and friends were there during the jury selection. The victim's family did not show up during the jury selection.

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