WACO, Texas - It took at least two days for attorneys to go through more than 100 questionnaires, finalizing a 12-person jury for the Christopher Jacob Carrizal trial.
"The jury selection process is more of a de-selection process," said District Attorney Abel Reyna on Friday, after the mistrial.
The jurors filled out the eight-page questionnaire - asking everything from their marital status to their opinion on the motorcycle lifestyle.
"You don't really know until you're in the voir dire (examination). Look at the other jurors on the panel that are around that person before you can say, 'Oh, we should've done this different,'" said Reyna.
On the last days of the first Twin Peaks trial, a juror told the judge he interacted with a Cossack in the past - saying nothing would change his mind about them.
It was never made public what this interaction was or if this juror was compromised, but some questioned how he was even qualified to sit on the jury in the first place.
"Did the attorneys ask the followup questions that would've helped them identify those strong feelings?," said Criminal Defense Attorney Michelle Tuegel.
Tuegel says it's possible the juror was honest from the get-go, saying this person probably answered based on how they understood the questions.
"I really think sometimes people think maybe it won't and then people end up in that jury room and then maybe it does," said Reyna.
Regardless of what may have gone wrong, District Attorney Abel Reyna says this won't stop their case.
"Our intention is, I'm not giving up, and our intention is retry him," said Reyna.
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