Opening statements are set to begin in the trial Wednesday afternoon. The trial is expected to last about two weeks, and witnesses are likely to include Vanessa Bryant and LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
The jurors selected include a nun, someone who works in TV production for NBC Universal, a college student, a real estate investor, a pharmaceutical researcher, a computer science professor and a restaurant host.
Of the 22 total potential jurors questioned, some mentioned having “strong feelings” about Vanessa and/or Kobe Bryant. At least one potential juror mentioned “strong feelings” about Villanueva. None of these people were selected.
The helicopter passengers were heading from Orange County to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a youth basketball game in which Bryant was to coach and Gianna and two others aboard were to play.
Bryant played his entire professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA championships before his retirement in April 2016.