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Jury selected in Hilgendorf murder trial

Curtis Bailey died July 2009 Curtis Bailey died July 2009

DAVENPORT (KWWL) -- The jury selection wrapped up Monday in the first-degree murder trial of Jacob Hilgendorf.

Prosecutors are charging Hilgendorf with the July 2009 murder of Marengo man Curtis Bailey, 33.

Bailey's common law wife, Denise Frei, who is also Hilgendorf's mother, is accused of murder as well. Her trial is set to shortly follow her son's trial. In June, a third person involved with the murder, Jessica Dayton, received a life sentence in prison without parole for first-degree murder.

Though the murder and Dayton's trial took place in Iowa County, Hilgendorf's attorneys asked for a change of venue due to the heavy media coverage the case had received. That landed it in Scott County, where jurors will hear from nearly 20 witnesses during the next two weeks.

In his questioning of potential jurors, prosecuting attorney Douglas Hammerand asked whether anybody would have a problem with seeing pictures of the victim's body at the crime scene, as well as autopsy photos. He made it clear those will be part of the trial.

He also asked whether potential jurors could adhere to the state's definition of "premeditated," which states as long as a person had time to think about the act, for whatever particular amount of time. He also asked whether potential jurors could accept the state's definition of aiding and abetting, as one who helps with a crime is guilty.

He also asked whether anybody had previously heard about the case.

Jacob Hilgendorf appeared in court Monday, along with his attorneys Quint Meyerdirk and Peter Persaud.

Douglas Hammerand with the State Attorney General's Office and Assistant Iowa County prosecuting attorney Lewis McMeen are representing the state.

Court reconvenes at 9 a.m. Tuesday with opening statements.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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