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Brittany Lawonn, Published October 24 2007

Gibbs jury selection stretches into third day

BISMARCK – The first prospective juror to appear this morning was dismissed because of a bias against Moe Gibbs.

Motions regarding the case for the second murder trial in the death of Mindy Morgenstern were also heard. One of the motions was heard without the presence of the public.

Jury selection will continue today.

Thirteen prospective jurors moved onto the second phase of jury selection Tuesday in Moe Gibbs’ second murder trial.

After two days of jury selection, the court selected 27 people. The court is looking to seat 40 to 45 people in the potential jury pool, from which 12 jurors and two alternates will be picked.

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

For more on this story, read tomorrow’s Forum.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Brittany Lawonn at (701) 241-5541

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