The trial for a Pasco woman charged with killing her mother during a fight over money got under way Tuesday with 132 potential jurors showing up in court.
Franklin County prosecutors and the attorneys for Tashia L. Stuart will spend at least the next two days trying to seat a jury for the trial that could last up to five weeks.
Stuart, 40, is charged with first-degree murder with aggravated circumstances and attempted first-degree murder.
She's accused of killing Judy Hebert, 58, in March 2011.
Stuart is claiming she acted in self-defense and shot Hebert after her mother came at her with an ax. She had been living with her 7-year-old daughter and her husband in her mother's Salmon Drive home.
On Tuesday, defense attorney Peter Connick told the court that depending on the evidence that comes out at the trial, they may ask that jurors be allowed in deliberations to consider less serious felony crimes.
But first, the lawyers need to pick 12 jurors and three alternates.
Potential jurors filled out a jury questionnaire, which the lawyers used to select 22 people to individually question Wednesday. They are looking at if serving on the jury would be a hardship for the person, how much the person knows about the case through the media and if the potential juror has criminal convictions.
Also Tuesday, Judge Cameron Mitchell said that he will review the 285-page transcript of Stuart's interview with Pasco detectives to determine if any of it should be blocked before the jury gets to watch the video.
The defense doesn't want jurors to hear parts where detectives told Stuart what they believed happened inside the Pasco home.
Prosecutor Shawn Sant argued that detectives weren't just throwing out a theory but were having a discussion with Stuart, and that it must be taken in context.
The trial resumes today at the Franklin County Courthouse in Pasco.
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