Some jurors to be questioned privately in Cortez child molestation trial

From The Cortez Journal:  Another panel of jurors was convened this week as District Attorney Will Furse prosecutes Andrew Allmon, of Cortez, on charges of child molestation.

The January trial of Allmon, 57, ended in a mistrial after a jurors failed to reach a verdict.

The new jury will consider six counts of child sexual assault involving an 8-year-old girl. The trial, which starts with jury selection on Tuesday, March, 3, is expected to last up to two weeks.

Some 400 Montezuma County residents were summoned as potential jurors. Due to media publicity garnered by the first trial and the sensitive nature of the allegations, Chief District Court Judge Doug Walker has announced that some jurors would be questioned privately in order to shield the entire pool from cross-contamination.

The court also utilized the practice of questioning jurors behind closed doors during the first trial.

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