Half the jury picked in first day of Sanchez murder trial

Jury selection started Monday in the Antonio Sanchez murder trial. The teen is accused of shooting 19-year-old Maddie Finch to death at a new year’s eve party at her home in La Harpe, Illinois.

It was a long day as the attorneys looked to fill 16 spots on the bench.

Sanchez is charged with three counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Battery with a Weapon in the shooting death of Maddie Finch.

Both the state and defense asked questions about topics involved in this case like alcohol, firearms, and marijuana and if they knew any of the witnesses on the stand.

Eight jurors were selected, five women and three men. 

While defense attorney Drew Schnack thought this would be a long process, he’s happy with how fast things are moving.

"I was surprised we didn’t have more people who have heard about this through social media," Schnack said. I didn’t expect that and we were afraid of it. We also didn’t have issues with farmers and we didn’t have any of that. So far, it’s going fine."

Prosecutors declined to speak on the case. Jury selection continues Tuesday at 9 a.m. and they need eight more jurors. 

The judge believes opening arguments will begin on Wednesday morning.

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