Opening Statements Today in State v Mays

Opening statements will be heard at 1:00 PM today in Courtroom 1, Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston, in State of Louisiana v Cameron Mays.

Courtroom 1 is on the second floor of the Lincoln Parish Court House.

Mays is being tried in connection with several crimes that allegedly occurred in the Cypress Springs area of Ruston in June of 2012. In this particular trial, Mays is charged with aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In court yesterday afternoon, jury selection was completed from three fourteen member panels, with 12 jurors selected and two alternates.

The jury is comprised of 6 men and 6 women.

Extensive interviews of the panelists was conducted by Division B Judge Tommy Rogers, prosecutor Mike Ruddick, and defense attorney James Buckley.

Questions included the prospective juror’s occupation, marital status, whether they had children, if they had ever been a crime victim, and whether they knew or were related to anyone in law enforcement. Also, they were quizzed on their opinions about various types of crimes and whether they could render a fair verdict.

Several prospective jurors noted that the duty would work a hardship on their workplace obligations.

Rogers ruled a pending motion for a change of venue to be moot, as the jury was successfully empaneled. The motion alleged pretrial publicity. Of the 42 potential jurors, two said they had heard of the case.

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