Jury Selection Begins Today For Marissa Shephard's Trial

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018 06:01 AM

Hundreds of residents of southeastern New Brunswick are heading to the Moncton Courthouse today as jury selection gets underway for the trial of Marissa Shephard.

The 22-year old is charged with the first degree murder of 18-year old Baylee Wylie in Moncton back in December of 2015, as well as arson.

The trial is scheduled for three months, and will be heard by judge and jury in the Court of Queen's Bench.

Today, potential jurors will have the chance to explain why they shouldn't be on the jury, including knowing the accused, or the victim, or for health or financial reasons.

The lawyers for the Crown and Defence also have a certain number of challenges they can use to dismiss a potential juror without explanation.

People who do not show up for jury duty can be found in contempt of court, and fined up to $1,000.

Devin Morningstar, who also was charged with first degree murder and arson in the death of Wylie, was found guilty in November of 2016, and sentenced to life in prison with no possiblity of parole for 25 years.

Tyler Noel, also facing the same charges as Shephard, and Morningstar, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole until at least 16 years were served.