Jensen trial begins and jury selection process on the way

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Months after the original October trial date for accused mom Heather Jensen, day one finally started.

The defense and prosecution headed into Judge Valerie Robison's courtroom at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

They narrowed down the pool of jurors, eliminating some who cited hardships like school, jobs and health issues. They also eliminated those they felt may have been unable to remain unbiased during the trial.

After hours of questioning the jury still hasn't been chosen.

A big talker of the morning was Jensen's wardrobe. Protocol is to have the defendant shackled to a table, but Jensen was wearing a skirt for today's hearing that left her shackles visible. Her defense team felt the shackles could sway the jury, so she was given jail-issued pants instead.

Opening statements are expected to start Wednesday.

Jensen pleaded not guilty to child abuse resulting in death, criminally negligent homicide and false reporting to authorities.

The charges came after her sons were found in her car with the heat on in November of 2012.

The Coroner says they died of hyperthermia and the Sheriff's Office says Jensen left the boys in the car atop the Grand Mesa while she met a man.

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