Nine men, 3 women chosen for jury in trial of ex-boxer
By The Star Staff
The selection of jurors who will decide the fate of former boxer Félix Verdejo Sánchez, who is charged in the death of Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, was completed Wednesday.
The main jury is composed of nine men and three women, while the alternates include four men and two women.
The selected jurors come from diverse parts of the island, from San Juan to Cabo Rojo, with occupations ranging from business owners to unemployed and retired people. Most work in the private sector, although some work in the public sector.
The defense lawyers and the prosecution presented their respective peremptory objections, in line with the usual process. Under the rules, the defense had up to 10 peremptory challenges, while the prosecution was limited to six.
Verdejo is charged in the 2021 death of Rodríguez Ortiz. The charges against him include carjacking resulting in death, kidnapping resulting in death and murder of an unborn child, as well as using and carrying a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime.
If convicted, Verdejo could be sentenced to life in prison. The guilty verdict must be unanimous.