Monday, December 01, 2003

WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. -- Two trials in Goldsboro could soon be heard by people who were shopping at Wal-Mart.

Some people who went to a Wayne County Wal-Mart may be selected as jurors for an upcoming murder trial.

A Wayne County court had summoned 150 people for jury duty, but over half of the potential jurors had excuses for not being able to appear, so a judge reportedly asked Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders to find some jurors.

Winders ordered deputies to go to the Wal-Mart and randomly pick 50 people. Those chosen were told that they were to report for jury duty for two upcoming trials on Monday.

"Some were very displeased. They didn't want to show any ID," Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said.

Winders claimed he chose Wal-Mart because the people who shop there represent the people of Wayne County as a whole.

Nothing, really. Just one more Wal-Mart story. Doesn't say much for North Carolinians, though.

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