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8/7/2006

1st Jury Brought From Another City in 7 Years

Bringing in an outside jury is very rare, but everything about this trial is rare, and officials are getting ready.

The Perry March trial will be the most prominent ever held at the recently-opened AA Birch Courthouse.

The last time Metro brought a jury from another city to Nashville and sequestered them was Paul Reid's second murder trial about seven years ago.

Metro has sequestered local jurors much more often. The last time was Perry March's conspiracy trail two months ago.

NewsChannel 5's legal analyst Nick Bailey said jurors will divide their time between the courthouse and a local hotel. Court officials will make sure they get no information about the ongoing trial.

"I think even on telephone calls to family members, they'll be monitored so that they don't have information they shouldn't get," Bailey said.

Jurors may not watch much TV in their hotel rooms, but they'll have state-of-the-art video monitors inside the new courtroom. They'll see recorded testimony from Perry March's father and see transcripts of audio tapes of Perry March in jail allegedly plotting to kill his in-laws, the Levines.

"They are going to be all together, and they will be very closely watched by court officers and others, so they get a newspaper, there's not going to be anything in there. They might give them a sports section," Bailey said.

There's a lot at stake in keeping jury secluded. Getting information outside of court could cause a mistrial.

The judge wants to move the trial along to lessen the chance that will happen.

The jury consists of six men, six women and four alternates. Three of the jurors are African-American and nine are white.

The trial begins Wednesday. You can watch live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Perry March murder trial on NewsChannel 5+, cable channel 50. You can also watch it live online at NewsChannel5.com.

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