ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS/WKMG) At an afternoon hearing Friday, the judge in the murder case of Casey Anthony, the central Florida mother charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter, said it will cost about $350,000 to sequester a jury for the trial, which begins in May.
During the 50-minute hearing, Judge Belvin Perry said jury selection will begin May 9 around 8:30 a.m. and the projected amount would cover transportation, housing, and food in order to secure a jury for the anticipated eight-week trial, according to CBS affiliate WKMG.
Perry went on to explain the extensive jury selection process for the case which has garnered much attention, saying that on the first day, 40 potential jurors will be called and then 30 potential jurors will be screened in the following three days until both sides can find 12 jurors and "a certain number of alternatives," reports The Orlando Sentinel.
At the hearing, Anthony's defense team said it may want to provide a written jury questionnaire of about 20 questions. The prosecution, however, believes such questionnaires are ineffective. Perry will decide at a later time whether to allow it.
For security, jurors may change hotels from night to night, either in Orange or Osceola counties. Both sides will approve a list of TV stations and DVDs the jurors can watch in their rooms.
Jurors will likely be referred to by number and not names to prevent media from staking out their families while they're sequestered, Perry said.
Anthony, 24, is jailed on first-degree murder charges in the death of her daughter, Caylee, whose remains were found in December 2008. Caylee was 2 when she was reported missing by her maternal grandmother in July of that year, about a month after she was last seen alive.
Anthony has pleaded not guilty and maintains that Caylee was abducted by her babysitter.