Jury selection begins in another BHS hazing case
BLACKFOOT — Jury pre-qualification began Tuesday in the second trial involving a former Blackfoot High School athlete, with 11 jurors passed for cause after the first day of voir dire.
Eighty-three jurors arrived Tuesday morning for jury selection in the trial for Logan Chidester. Chidester faces six counts of misdemeanor false imprisonment and two counts of battery. His trial is scheduled to begin March 22.
Potential jurors were questioned 24 at one time. After the first panel, five jurors were passed for cause and seven were retained for additional questioning by Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Randy Smith and Chidester's defense attorney Justin Oleson.
Jury questioning will continue today. Magistrate Judge Charles Roos has indicated he would like at least 30 potential jurors to continue on in each case.
A pool of 35 potential jurors was selected for the trial involving Nathan Walker, who faces six misdemeanor charges. His trial is set to begin March 8. Those jurors will be called back then for additional jury selection. Six jurors are needed, with one to two alternate jurors.
The third and final trial involving Anthony Clarke is scheduled to begin May 3, with jury selection April 20.
A hearing to consider a motion to amend the complaint against the three defendants is scheduled for Thursday.
All defendants face various misdemeanor charges stemming from incidents that occurred during the 2009-2010 basketball season at Blackfoot High School.