What’s expected to be one of the more difficult trials this province has seen is set to get underway in St. John’s at the end of the month.
Trent Butt is facing trial in the death of his five year old daughter Quinn. The child’s body was recovered after a fire at her father’s home in Carbonear in April of 2016. The trial is expected to take six weeks.
One thousand people will be summoned for jury selection in the case. Jury selection will begin March 26th at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s. Questions have already been raised about possible difficulty in selecting jurors for the trail.
Mark Gruchy, a defence lawyer with Gittens and Associates told the VOCM Morning Show with Paddy Daly jurors expressing concern about their ability to handle the trial must show a prior mental health diagnosis, but there are exceptions.
He says a peremptory challenge to excuse the juror can be employed.