Jury selection under way in Rodvold murder case

Jury selection took up the first day of the Rodvold murder trial and is expected to continue today. Steven Rodvold, 26, of Clarksfield Township is accused of the September murder of his 51-year-old father, Keith, with six shots from a .357-caliber revolver on the back porch of his home. He has said he did it in self-defense with his father only steps away from a gun.
Melissa Topey
May 12, 2010

 

Jury selection took up the first day of the Rodvold murder trial and is expected to continue today.

Steven Rodvold, 26, of Clarksfield Township is accused of the September murder of his 51-year-old father, Keith, with six shots from a .357-caliber revolver on the back porch of his home. He has said he did it in self-defense with his father only steps away from a gun.

Law enforcement has said he had other options.

Court staff said Monday that jury selection in a murder trial is an exhaustive process. They expect selection will take up much of the day today.

On that day in September, when a man identifying himself as Steven called 911, the dispatcher told him to leave his gun on the porch.

When deputies from the Huron County Sheriff's office arrived at the scene 11 minutes later, they found Rodvold waiting and smoking a cigarette.

Rodvold initially pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity before the later plea was dropped. Rodvold fought against the insanity defense, maintaining his future career endeavors would be hurt by such an insanity plea. He also said he's not crazy and was upset his lawyer tried to push forward with that defense.

A judge ordered he undergo a psychological examination. He was evaluated for five hours by a Columbus mental health expert who advised Rodvold's attorney to drop the insanity defense.

Rodvold was in the U.S. Army before being honorably discharged at the end of his scheduled service. He was trying to find work and had talked about moving closer to his grandparents, those who knew the family said.