Nearly 100 potential jurors packed into the courtroom of the Otero County Courthouse early Tuesday morning where James Ashby, accused of the 2014 murder of Jack Jacquez Jr., will stand trial.

Nearly 100 potential jurors packed into the courtroom of the Otero County Courthouse early Tuesday morning where James Ashby, accused of the 2014 murder of Jack Jacquez Jr., will stand trial.

Chief Judge Mark A. MacDonnell, who will preside over the trial, set forth guidelines for jury selection, which is scheduled to take up to three days. All potential jurors were asked to fill out a 5-page questionnaire pertaining to their personal life and nearly half asked to return later in the afternoon, while the remainder will return to the courthouse today.

As of Thursday monring, only eight individuals had been screened out for cause, a similar scenario expected to take place today. Proceedings are expected to continue throughout today and tomorrow with jurors being questioned further. A total of 12 jurors will decide Ashby's fate with two alternates also selected.

The trial will occur nearly 1 1/2 years since the incident, over which period Ashby waived his right to a speedy trial.

Ashby has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges stemming from the October 2014 death of Jacquez, 27. On Oct. 12, 2014, Ashby reportedly confronted Jacquez and later shot him at the home of Jacquez's mother, Viola Jacquez, in Rocky Ford.

Jacquez died of wounds received to his heart from a bullet wound, according to an autopsy report. The projectile entered the left back area near the spine, severing the spine and wounding three of the four chambers of the heart.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation reports indicate that Ashby said he was in his patrol car and approached Jacquez who was riding his skateboard on Highway 50 in Rocky Ford. Ashby said Jacquez walked away from the patrol car and disappeared through an entryway into the backyard of a property. Ashby followed him and commanded Jacquez to "let me see your hands" and later commanded Jacquez to "put down the bat." Ashby said he knew Jacquez had grabbed a bat and began "loading up" like a batter ready to swing. At that time, Ashby stepped back from Jacquez and fired two quick shots. Ashby began CPR until other law enforcement and emergency officials arrived.

Ashby remains free on bond.

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