Jury selection begins in Purcell murder case

Monday, February 18th 2008, 7:10 pm
By: News 9

By Gan Mathews, NEWS 9

Jury selection begins Tuesday in Norman for a murder case that gained national attention.

Almost two years after being charged, Kevin Underwood, 28, is going to trial as the prime suspect in the slaying of Jamie Rose Bolin, 10.

Two years ago, Jamie Rose Bolin was reported missing from her Purcell apartment. A short time later, investigators found her lifeless body in Underwood's apartment.

Police believe Bolin was hit on the head with a wooden cutting board three to four times. Then the defendant put his hand and duct tape over her mouth and nose to suffocate her. Authorities also claimed Underwood planned to cannibalize the girl.

A judge imposed a gag order on the both parties. The trial was also moved to Norman because passions were running high in Purcell, said officials.

Jury selection could take several days to pick the twelve jurors that will preside over the case. The judge ruled last week the jury will be allowed to hear the confession Underwood gave to police.