Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 23, 2014

Jury seated in Batty slaying case


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CROSSVILLE — A jury plus alternates has been seated and began hearing evidence in the trial of John Russell Giles of Hampshire Lane, Fairfield Glade, charged in connection with the Nov. 7 death of Kimberly Ann Batty, 58, of Dovenshire Dr., also Fairfield Glade.

Attorneys for both sides had expressed concern over being able to find a jury of 12 plus alternates in the case because of the large number of potential jurors who reside in Fairfield Glade and may have heard about the case and may have formed an opinion as to the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

It took just over three hours to select the panel and opening arguments were presented before the noon recess. The state started presenting its case after lunch.