The jurors appeared Thursday morning before 4th District Judge Richard Greenwood to receive preliminary instructions and to fill out a questionnaire that will aid attorneys in the first-degree murder trial of Anthony Wayne Conner.
Conner, 61, is accused of killing his father, 87-year-old Otis Conner, and then making it appear the elder Conner died in January 2013 after falling off a ladder at the home they shared at 2084 N. Turnberry Way. Conner pleaded not guilty to the charge.
A police detective who looks into unattended deaths became suspicious after noting inconsistencies with Anthony Conner’s explanation of what happened and the evidence at the scene. Further examination led officers to suspect Anthony Conner.
The trial is scheduled to begin March 23 and is expected to last four weeks. Prosecutors and defense attorneys will begin questioning 60 members of the jury pool to come up with a panel of 12 jurors and two alternates. Additional jurors from the pool will be added if needed.
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Besides the murder charge, Conner is also charged with grand theft, forgery and destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.