Jury selection almost complete for Jerry Sandusky trial

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 6 at 8:32 AM

 BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- Most of the jurors in Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse trial have been chosen, and their ranks reflect the strong role Penn State plays in its community.

Nine of the 12 main members of the jury were selected Tuesday. They include a rising senior at the college, a retired professor with 37 years with the university and a woman who's been a football season ticket holder for decades.

The main jury already includes five men and four women. The other three main jurors and four alternates could be chosen as early as Wednesday, with opening statements scheduled for Monday. The case could last several weeks.

Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, faces 52 criminal counts for alleged abuse of 10 boys. He denies the charges.

Jurors are being chosen from people who live in the State College area, where Penn State's main campus is located.  Connections to Penn State haven't been enough to keep prospective jurors from being chosen. The presiding judge such links might be OK, as long as jurors can be impartial.

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