Jury selected in David Paul murder trial

Opening statements to take place Thursday morning

A 7-woman, 8-man jury panel has been selected to hear the case against a 24-year-old Juneau man standing trial for murder and manslaughter in connection to his baby’s death.


The 15 jurors were selected over a three-day period and were sworn in at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Three will later be dismissed as alternates, leaving 12 to decide the verdict.

Attorneys will give their opening statements at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, then testimony will begin. Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg said he expects the trial to last three or four weeks.

David J. Paul is accused of killing 4-month-old Rian Jambi Orr. Orr was found seizing on Aug. 9, 2010, and was taken to the hospital where it was discovered she had a massive brain injury. She died a week later at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Prosecutors charged Paul a year after her death, saying he admitted to accidently dropping the infant and shaking her once right afterward to make her stop crying.

A judge threw out the indictment against Paul after finding Juneau police ignored Paul’s request for counsel and coerced involuntary statements from him, but the state re-indicted him in June 2012.

Paul is facing two separate counts of second-degree murder based on the state’s differing theories on how Orr died. If convicted, he could be facing up to 99 years in prison for each count, plus 20 years for manslaughter.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.


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