Jury selection starts in faith-healing trial

Jury selection in the faith-healing trial in the death of 16-year-old Neil Beagley took place this week, with the trial likely to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Neil’s parents, Jeffrey and Marci Beagley of Oregon City, face criminally negligent homicide charges because of their son’s death.

The Beagleys are members of the Followers of Christ Church, which rejects doctors and medical treatment in favor of faith healing.

Questions from the defense attorney for just one pool of candidates took the entire morning, leading Judge Steven Maurer to speculate that jury selection would take the rest of this week. The trial itself then would start on Tuesday because courts are closed for the Monday holiday. Maurer said he expects the trial to take about two to two-and-a-half weeks.

– Source / Full Story: Jury selection starts in faith-healing trial, Matthew Graham, The Clackamas Review, Jan. 13, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
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