Extra security to be present in Trumbull County courtroom for capital murder trial
There will be an increase in security over the next few weeks in the Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas during the trial of a man accused of aggravated murder with capital offense specifications.
Security will be increased for the trial of 30-year-old Kashaun Williams who is accused of two Palm Sunday shootings that left one person wounded and another dead.
If convicted, Williams could face the death penalty. A motion was filed requesting to dismiss the death penalty for this case arguing that imposing the death penalty would violate international laws banning it, but Judge Ronald Rice rejected the motion.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday and is expected to last all week. Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office expects over 130 people to be part of the jury pool.
Twelve jurors are expected to be selected by the end of the day Friday and testimony is expected to begin the following week.
During jury selection and the trial, court employees will be required to go through security before entering the building and have their bags inspected. Employees will also not be allowed to leave or reenter through the south doors for any reason.
Vogrin says extra security is standard policy for capital cases such as this due to the extra amount of people in the jury pool in order to keep them separated from other activity.
In capital trials, jurors are sequestered for two deliberations: the trial phase and the death penalty phase. The last capital trial in Trumbull County took place in 2018.