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Opening arguments in the case are not expected until at least Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office said. After the panel of 12 jurors and five alternates is chosen, the trial itself is expected to last eight to 10 days.

While several people have already been excused from selection, the bulk of potential jurors remained in the courtroom Monday afternoon answering questions about any potential bias or connections with witnesses, law enforcement or medical experts they may have.

Thirty-nine potential jurors said they had already formed an opinion about Miss Norwood’s guilt or innocence based on what they have heard about the case. Another 16 people said they’ve been to the Bethesda Row store where the homicide occurred. And nearly half the room stood when asked whether they are in or have any close relations with someone in the legal profession.

“Welcome to Montgomery County,” joked Judge Greenberg.