Nine women and three men will decide the fate of a Groton Township man who stands accused of the brutal abduction and rape of a Lorain woman last November.
Tuesday marked the first day of jury trial proceedings for Brian Jury, 39, of Strecker Road.
Jury was arrested Nov. 1 after his alleged victim broke free from Jury's camper and made her way to the roadside, still naked and bound with zip-ties, Erie County deputies said.
Hours earlier, Jury allegedly kidnapped her at gunpoint in Lorain and took her to his Strecker Road property. There, he raped the woman repeatedly, deputies said.
When Jury later left the property, the woman made her escape and was soon rescued by passing drivers.
Jury was arrested in Lorain the same day. Officers found him driving west, back towards Erie County, armed with two loaded guns, deputies said.
On Tuesday, Jury's trial began in Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Roger Binette's courtroom. Jury and his attorney, Jack Bradley, declined a plea deal in late April.
Tuesday's proceedings were comprised entirely of jury selection — at the end of the process, nine women and three men were chosen, as well as two male alternates.
Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter said he did not believe the jurors' genders would impact the outcome of the trial.
The first day of testimony is now slated to begin today. Jurors will start the day at Jury's property, where the alleged crimes occurred.
There, they will view Jury's camper, a barn and the surrounding wooded area, court officials said.
Bradley and Baxter will then present their opening statements back at the courthouse. If there is enough time later in the day, those involved with the case may begin testifying, officials said.