Attorneys to discuss jury questions today in rat poison baby death case
An Indianapolis judge says she may summon up to four times the number of people normally called for jury duty for the trial of a woman charged with murdering her infant by eating rat poison while pregnant.
Judge Sheila Carlisle said Friday she anticipates calling 200 potential jurors for the Sept. 3 trial of Bei Bei Shuai. Normally, 50 people are summoned for jury duty in major criminal cases.
The case against the 36-year-old Chinese immigrant has drawn global attention from women's rights groups.
Shuai was eight months pregnant when she ate rat poison in December 2010. The baby died three days after being delivered, and Shuai was arrested three months later.
Prosecutors have charged her with murder and feticide. Shuai is released from jail on bond. Her trial is scheduled for Sept. 3.
Deputy Prosecutor T.K. Morris says he expects the murder trial to take three weeks.
Potential jurors might be asked their thoughts on abortion. Defense attorney Linda Pence says attorneys and the judge will discuss whether potential jurors can be questioned about biases regarding abortion, immigration and other issues.
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