Published September 28 2011
Silvernail murder trial gets under way today
It took five days of jury selection, in which attorneys questioned candidates for the jury one-by-one, to seat a panel of 12 jurors and two alternates to hear the murder case in which Silvernail is accused of shooting his estranged girlfriend, Lori Roberts.
Silvernail faces both first- and second-degree murder charges. If convicted on the first-degree charge, Silvernail will face a mandatory prison term of life without chance for parole.
The trial in Wilkin County District Court is slated to last through the end of next week.