A jury of five men and nine women was seated Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Anthony Wayne Conner, 61.
The Meridian man is accused of either using a blunt instrument to strike his father, Otis Conner, 87, in the head or of striking his father’s head on a concrete floor. Otis Conner died Jan. 2, 2013, from injuries inflicted at the home he shared with his son at 2084 N. Turnberry Way.
Anthony Conner is also accused of forging and cashing a $3,100 check from his father’s account on the day of the murder, 4th District Judge Richard Greenwood told jurors as he instructed them. In addition, Greenwood told jurors, Conner is accused of concealing blood evidence by wiping blood off the murder weapon and cleaning it from inside the Conner home.
Anthony Conner told Meridian police that his father died after falling off a ladder at their home. Investigators found his story did not match evidence found at the scene and they began to suspect him.
Forty-five potential jurors assembled Tuesday morning from a group that originally totaled 150. One potential juror was excused after she told Greenwood she had an interview for an airline job scheduled in Portland and service during the trial, which is expected to last four weeks, would cause a hardship.
Another potential juror said he was ill but was willing to remain if chosen for the jury. Greenwood told the man, who was selected, that he didn't want him to become "Typhoid Mary" but agreed he could remain.
After a morning break, prosecutors and defense attorneys were scheduled to give their opening statements in the case.
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