SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- In Shreveport, jury selection began Monday in the trial of a man accused of killing Tavia Sills, the mother of his unborn son. Lamondre Tucker is charged with first degree murder.
Sills' body was found in a pond off of Legardy Street in Shreveport in September 2008. She was 18 years old, five months pregnant, and had just started classes at SUSLA when she was murdered.
56 potential jurors are going through intensive questioning over the next few days. 12 of them will have Lamondre Tucker's life in their hands. In this process, prosecutors and defense attorneys will weed out anyone in the pool who may have had any affiliation with the Sills, Tucker, or any witnesses. Another big part of the proceedings is to find who in the pool leans strongly for or against the death penalty.
Several of the potential jurors were excused on day one because they said they could never vote for the death penalty. Jury selection is expected to continue through the week and maybe into the weekend. By law, whoever is chosen will be sequestered and put up in a hotel under close watch for the duration of the trial.
Whenever both sides agree on a jury, opening arguments are expected to happen the next day.
If convicted, Lamondre Tucker faces either the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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