Monday, the trial of Glen Galloway got underway in an El Paso County court room.
This is the first death penalty trial in El Paso County in more than a decade.
Glen Galloway, 46, is accused of shooting and killing Marcus Anderson and then using Anderson's truck to drive to the home of his ex-girlfriend Janice Nam who was shot in the head. Galloway was previously convicted of stalking Nam.
Court documents show that Nam first pressed charges and filed for a protection order against Galloway for stalking in April 2014. He was not arrested until December 2014. Galloway was found guilty of felony stalking in October 2015. Galloway was scheduled for sentencing in January 2016, but failed to appear, according to court documents. Nam was found shot to death in her home in May.
Judge is going over procedural discussions with the jury. Mentioned that Galloway is not in courtroom. Jurors are to draw no instances from his presence or absence, still presumed innocent until proven guilty.— Andy Koen (@KOAAAndyKoen) May 14, 2018
Rather than the standard 12 jurors plus two alternates, the court has seated 18 people in this case.
Scott Sosebee, the District Administrator for the 4th Judicial District explained that the four extra alternates are needed due to the length of the trial.
"Generally you're going to need a larger alternate pool in order successfully get through the case. So, that's why you're going to have a larger jury with these types of cases," Sosebee said.
It's a little strange looking at a jury of 18 people. Usually it's 12. Judge expanded the size to accommodate what's anticipated to be a lengthy trial. County had to remodel this jury box to include enough seats.— Andy Koen (@KOAAAndyKoen) May 14, 2018
The last criminal suspect to be charged with capital murder in El Paso County was Marco Lee. Rather than go through a death penalty trial, Lee was sentenced to life in prison through a plea agreement in which he admitted to shooting and killing Colorado Springs Police Officer Ken Jordan. Lee was sentenced in December 2008.
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