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Brittany Lawonn, Published October 22 2007

Jury selection begins in Gibbs' murder trial

BISMARCK – Jury selection began here this morning in the murder trial of Moe Maurice Gibbs.

So far, two juror were excused and five were chosen for the pool. A fourth prospective juror is about to be questioned.

The court hopes to seat at least 40 people in the jury pool before narrowing it down to the final jurors and alternates.

Gibbs, 35, is facing a Class AA felony murder charge for the death of college student Mindy Morgenstern.

A jury in Minot, N.D., deadlocked 6-6 in July over whether the former Barnes County jailer strangled and cut the throat of the 22-year-old New Salem, N.D., native on Sept. 13, 2006, in her Valley, City, N.D., apartment.

Gibbs was a Barnes County jailer and lived in the same building at the time of his Sept. 20, 2006 arrest. He faces a maximum sentence of life without parole if convicted.

Read more Tuesday in The Forum. Jury selection begins in Gibbs' murder trial Brittany Lawonn 20071022