Post by SoulTrainOz on Jun 13, 2006 20:43:50 GMT -5
130 Jurors To Be Called For Pool
Pretrial motions continued in Rockingham County Circuit Court on Monday in preparation for a murder trial next week that could end with the death penalty.
Clifford Donald Lamb, 23, is charged with premeditated murder in connection with the death of Ikarius Layden Chandler Kubin, according to court records.
Police have said that on April 4, 2005, Lamb tore a cord from bedding and strangled the 17-month-old child who was left in his care while the boys mother was out running errands.
Commonwealth's Attorney Marsha Garst has said she is seeking the death penalty for Lamb. Leading up to the trial, she and defense attorneys Chris Kowalczuk of Roanoke and Bruce Albertson of Harrisonburg have argued a series of motions in preparation for the trial that begins Monday.
Motions And Trial
Lambs defense team has filed more than 30 pre-trial requests.
According to court records, they've asked for an investigator, a mental health expert, and that evidence showing how the childs death has affected his family not be allowed at trial.
Defense attorneys have also asked McGrath to remove the death penalty from the case, arguing that it is cruel and unusual punishment, according to court records.
That request was denied. On Tuesday, McGrath denied Kowalczuks request to move the trial to another jurisdiction because of media attention surrounding the case.
According to court testimony, McGrath has allowed Lamb to meet with psychologists chosen by both the defense and the prosecution.
In court, McGrath said jury selection begins Monday from a pool of 130 potential jurors.