- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A judge said he’ll summon a much larger jury pool than usual for an upcoming murder trial in Minot in the hopes of finding enough suitable jurors to avoid having to move it elsewhere.

Northwest District Court Judge Richard Hagar scheduled the start of Anthony Campbell’s trial for Jan. 11 during a hearing Tuesday. He also said he’d summon 100 people to fill out the jury pool, which is more than double the 35 or 40 people that make up the typical pool.

Campbell, 38, is charged with murder in the killing of 25-yaer-old Shannon Brunelle, who was found dead in an apartment building garage in September of last year. After a nine-week search, Campbell was arrested in Philadelphia. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison without parole.

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At the pre-trial hearing, Hager said he anticipates that up to 15 of those summoned will want to avoid jury duty. Many people schedule vacations for January and some people might be deterred by the prospect of serving for a two-week trial. He said he would rule on the defense’s change-of-venue request after the first stages of jury selection and will consider moving it if enough suitable jurors haven’t been found.

All documents in the case, including a criminal complaint and affidavit, search warrants and inventory seized from search warrants, have been sealed by the judge.

At a hearing in August, Campbell’s attorney, Samuel Gereszek, said a witness had come forward who said Campbell didn’t kill Brunelle and who named two other men as her killers. Gereszek also said blood evidence at the crime scene didn’t match Campbell or Brunelle.

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