NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The man accused of killing a woman and wounding six other people during a Sunday church service is set to go on trial Monday, May 20.
Emanuel Samson is accused of opening fire on 40 people inside Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch on September 24, 2017. Samson is indicted on 43 charges, including first-degree murder. He has pleaded Not Guilty.
Security guards said the courtroom was standing room only on Friday, with 88 potential jurors inside Judge Cheryl Blackburn’s courtroom. They locked the doors and kept reporters out.
Jurors fielded questions from attorneys for about 4 hours. The jury was seated by 1:30 p.m.
Jury selection started Wednesday under different circumstances. Potential jurors were called in one by one to be questioned by the judge, who asked detailed questions based off a questionnaire they filled out Monday.
Details about the case and the trial plans have been closely guarded after Blackburn sealed the case file in 2018.
Blackburn initially planned to sequester the jury but changed plans late this week.