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UPDATE: Jury selection underway in Bigoms murder trial

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The first degree murder trail of Tony Bigoms begins Tuesday, with jury selection.

Bigoms was indicted by a grand jury for first degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the 2012 homicide of Dana Wilkes.

Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Sara Sidery is covering the case, and tweeting live from the courtroom. Follow her on Twitter @SaraSideryWRCB.

Tweets are in chronological order, with the most recent at top.
Final jury not seated just yet. Still lots of questioning, dismissing & shuffling going on in here.

Asst Public Defender Steve Brown making sure jury understands innocent until proven guilty. "Arrest doesn't mean crime solved."

"Has anyone/close family member/friend been victim of violent crime?" Several say yes. One juror dismissed. Prosecution done.

DA: "Sometimes there are no eyewitnesses/videos, just not the way crime always happens." Aka can still be guilty if no one saw.

DA tells jury several pieces of circumstantial evidence can be enough to establish guilt. No jurors disagree.

Jury getting a quick Trial Evidence 101 from Asst DA Lance Pope. Explaining difference of direct vs. circumstantial evidence.

Several caretakers in room. One potential juror says he'd have a conflict w/ being sequestered because he "has to do his taxes."

State asking jurors - anyone w responsibilities caring for someone (elderly/child)? Familiarity w locations in trial?

Voir dire begins. That's where attys on both sides ask potential juror questions to determine any bias, etc.

Court will be in session on Saturday to avoid delays in trial.

Judge expects trial to last through this week and possibly into next. Jury will be sequestered in a "very nice hotel." But no tv or phone.

96 potential jurors in courtroom. Judge asking questions: does anyone know defendant or attorneys? Anyone heard of this case before?

Jury selection under way in Tony Bigoms murder trial. He's accused of killing & dismembering CHA dialysis worker Dana Wilkes in Nov 2012.

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