Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris McCrary says the process of selecting a jury for a capital murder case typically is lengthy.
“It’s a little more of an individualized jury selection,” McCrary said.
Jury selection begins today in Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton’s courtroom in a case against Aaron Pearson, 26, of Radcliff, who is charged with complicity to commit murder, complicity to first-degree robbery and complicity to tampering with physical evidence in the September 2016 beating death of Norman Hall, 71, inside his Radcliff apartment,
Jurors will be questioned for possible selection, including their stance on the death penalty.
“It will probably take a week to pick a jury,” McCrary said. “That would be my guess, anyway.”
For murder cases, for instance, it typically takes about a day to select a jury.
Pearson and Eloysia James-Venerable, 19, of Radcliff, who was 16 when Hall was killed, are charged in Hall’s death. She accepted a plea deal in February 2018 that recommends she serve 20 to 50 years or life in prison, with parole eligibility after 20 years, in exchange for truthful testimony at trial. Should James-Venerable not provide honest testimony, the Commonwealth will remove the offer and she will be sentenced to life without parole, according to the plea agreement.
Radcliff police said the pair broke into Hall’s residence to rob him and Pearson ended up killing Hall.
Hall, who was on oxygen, died from multiple blows to his head and face and from being stabbed once in the neck, according to medical reports.
In March 2017, the Hardin County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office filed aggravators in the case to seek the death penalty against Pearson, if he is convicted.
Hall, who served 22 years in the U.S. Army and retired from Fort Knox, remained in the area. Hall’s wife, Un Chu, died in 1988 and is buried in Hardin County. He lived alone.
McCrary has said Hall’s murder “occurred as part of the robbery.”
According to an arrest citation, Pearson “freely admitted in participating in the removal/disposal of physical evidence that was pertinent to the successful resolution to Mr. Hall’s murder.”
Hall was found Sept. 9, 2016, in his unlocked first-floor apartment.
Pearson was arrested Sept. 13, 2016, in Radcliff and James-Venerable the next day in Louisville.