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Jury selection begins for Everson trial

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- A judge told a pool of about 70 potential jurors Monday morning, that the jury selection process in the trial of former Hawkeye football player Cedric Everson could take a while. He said they'd be interviewed in groups of three to ensure their impartiality. 

However, it may prove difficult finding people who haven't heard of the accusations against Everson and the controversy that followed at the University of Iowa.

The judge also made it clear that this will be a heavily publicized trial once it gets underway, and told potential jurors that they have to steer clear of hearing, watching or reading anything in the media related to the case.

The judge also called out several names of possible witnesses this morning, to see if any of the potential jurors have any connections with those people.

The list included Coach Kirk Ferentz, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, and Abe Satterfield, who was originally charged with sexual assault along with Everson. However, Satterfield pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in April last year.

It's possible that the jury selection process could take the better part of this week.

Everson is charged with second-degree sexual abuse for an incident in October of 2007. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

Everson's former teammate, Abe Satterfield, was also charged in the crime but pleaded guilty to Assault with Intent to Inflict Serious Injury in April of 2010.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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