OZARK, Ala. (WDHN)– On Monday, April 5, jury selection got underway in the Jason Park trial. The Dale County man was first arrested on child pornography in 2019.
A group close to 100 perspective jurors walked into the Ozark civic center early Monday morning and after a full day of being asked qualifying questions 12 were chosen to be part of the jury.
Jason Park was indicted by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office and is currently facing 60 counts of child sex crimes.
Parks was arrested by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office in 2019 for these charges.
The indictment charges Park with 43 counts of possession of child pornography, 13 counts of production of child pornography, and four counts of sexual abuse of a child less then 12-years-old.
The jury was asked a series of questions which were designed to see who would be best fit for this trial.
Raynor Clifton represents Park and reminded jurors it’s their responsibility to go into the trial with an open mind and no preconceived notions.
Assistant Attorney General, Tara Ratz, who is the state attorney in this case was present at the selection and asked her own questions.
The two attorney’s reminded jurors that, currently, the defendant is innocent unless and until he is proven guilty. If convicted Park could be in prison for the rest of his life..
The trial is set to start on April 6 at the Dale County Courthouse.