Three Jurors Chosen In R. Kelly's Trial
May 13, 2008 at 6:43 AM (PT)
The wife of a Baptist preacher from R. KELLY's hometown, a business executive and a telecommunications company employee were the first three jurors chosen MONDAY for the R&B superstar's child pornography trial. The executive, a middle-aged man, called child pornography "the lowest of the low" during questioning by the judge and attorneys. But he said he felt he could give a fair trial to the 41-year-old KELLY, who is accused of videotaping himself having sex with a girl as young as 13.
At one point, COOK COUNTY Circuit Judge VINCENT GAUGHAN said nobody in the room condoned child pornography and KELLY appeared to nod his head in agreement. KELLY, known for sexually charged hits like "Bump N' Grind," has pleaded not guilty. The alleged victim, now 23, says it wasn't her on the videotape.
There were some moments of levity during the eight hours of questioning.
When one man mentioned that someone stole his car a decade ago, GAUGHAN leaned forward and said, "You know Mr. KELLY had nothing to do with that, right?"
If jurors find the GRAMMY-winning artist guilty, he could go to prison for up to 15 years.