The trial is set to start July 29, 2013 with jury selection. Jury selection should not take more than a few days, but could be shorter or longer depending on the bias level in the jury pool, among other factors.
The trial location is the Superior Court of DeKalb County, Georgia, which is located in downtown Decatur, GA. Decatur is a small city just east of Atlanta. Learn About Decatur Here
Judge Gregory Adams will preside over the trial. Judge Adams presided over the Hemy Neuman trial. If you don't know who Hemy Neuman is, then you are late to this party. Email me, and I'll tell you. Judge Adams' courtroom is relatively small, as are most courtrooms. I encourage you to arrive at the Courthouse early. I'm estimating that the courtroom can hold 100 people, maximum. Please don't hold me to this. And, remember, there will be "reserved" seating for non-witness family members as well as space for cameras set up for the live broadcast/streams.
It does not yet look like this case is attracting the large crowds one might expect, so don't get discouraged about the small courtroom. Just go. If you cannot get in, you will certainly enjoy your time in Atlanta. They may also have a live feed set up in an overflow room at the Courthouse. Alternately, I expect that you will find live television coverage as well as dozens of websites streaming the trial.
If you are travelling in from out of town and need a place to stay, there are hotels in Decatur, as well as in nearby Downtown Atlanta, Midtown Atlanta, and the Emory University area. Remember, Atlanta traffic during "rush hour" can be a terrible experience. So, I encourage you to stay as close to Decatur as you can, or build in extra time for the commute. If you want my opinion on staying in a particular area, just email me. I've lived in the Atlanta area 35 of the past 40 years.
The Judge and attorneys have estimated a 4 to 5 week trial. Remember, Judge Adams has several cases on his docket, and he will not be able to preside over this trial all day, 5 days a week. So, don't be surprised if you attend a day that gets cut short so that the Judge can address another matter. Just try again the next day.
There are several members of the Dunwoody Murder Trial Discussion Club (Join the #DMTDC on Facebook) who have expressed an interest in attending the trial together. Please reach out to other members on the group page to meet others who share your interest and passion for this case.
Remember, you will have to pass a security screen at the Courthouse. So, leave your weapons in the car or at home. It may be very cold inside, but July in Atlanta should be hot. So, dress comfortable, and wear layers.
If you have any other specific question about attending the trial, feel free to contact me here o at the email/twitter below.
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