(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - As many as 16 Dearborn County citizens could be sitting in a courtroom hearing of an Aurora woman's murder for the next couple weeks.
The Charles Robert Stephenson murder trial begins with jury selection Monday in Dearborn Circuit Cour.
Stephenson, 58, of Walton, is accused of using a skillet and pepper grinder to beat Leigh Jennings, 67, to death in her Aurora home in March of last year. Investigators allege Stephenson stole money from Jennings following the murder in order to pay a court-ordered debt to a relative and avoid jail.
Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard says the jury trial will include 12 jurors and up to four alternate jurors.
“Jury selection may take up to 2 days but the Court is prepared for 3 days if necessary,” Negangard said.
The trial could last as long as two and a half weeks. DNA evidence is expected to play a major role in the case.
Last month, prosecutors announced they will seek a sentence of life in prison without parole if the jury convicts Stephenson on charges of Murder and Robbery. Previously, the death penalty could was a possibility.