Jurors will be chosen starting tomorrow in the trial of the man accused of gunning down Greenwood County Sheriff Matthew Samuels. Scott Cheever is on trial, facing capital murder charges in the January 2005 death of Sheriff Samuels. He'd been trying to serve a search warrant at a house near Virgil, Kansas believed to be a meth lab.
Cheever could be executed if he's convicted. But the U.S. Supreme Court is considering capital punishment this term, and whether lethal injections are "cruel and unusual punishment." Cheever's attorneys also plan to argue their client was so high on meth, he could not have planned the killing in advance.
Jury selection is expected to take at least a week. The trial could continue two more weeks after that. Butler County Judge Michael Ward will hear the case, since all the judges in Greenwood County knew Sheriff Samuels.