Jury Selection Underway In Max Townsend Trial

Tuesday, June 15th 2021, 6:18 pm
By: News 9


Potential jurors made their way to the Cleveland County courthouse Tuesday morning. Just shy of 80 jurors have been questioned by Judge Lori Walkey and state and defense attorneys.

The judge was hopeful that a jury would be sat Tuesday for the trial against Max Townsend, but that process will carry into Wednesday.

Townsend is facing a total of 10 charges, including three second-degree murder charges, after police said he plowed through a group of Moore cross-country runners in February of 2020.

That incident killed three students, Rachel Freeman, Yuridia Martinez and Kolby Crum. It also injured others.

Tuesday the judge, defense attorneys and the district attorney’s office questioned just shy of 80 potential jurors. They aimed to find those with no bias or knowledge of the case.

When asked how many in the room had no knowledge of the case or seen it on social media or on the news, very few answered that it didn’t ring a bell.

Attorneys also asked if potential jurors would be able to listen to and see difficult testimony for this trial.

So far, they have not sat a jury.

But despite that, the judge wants to start opening statements on Wednesday.