Trial for Terrance Black Set for Monday

Judge, attorneys for the state and defense spent Friday selecting jurors

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    State and defense attorneys spent Friday narrowing down a pool of 146 potential jurors in the capital murder case of a North Texas man accused of killing his former girlfriend. (Published Friday, Aug 17, 2012)

    Jurors were chosen Friday in the capital murder case of a North Texas man accused of killing his former girlfriend.

    Terrance Deering Black is accused of killing Susan Loper, a Frisco mother and Pilates instructor, in April 2011.

    State and defense attorneys spent Friday narrowing down a pool of 146 potential jurors. The jury pool was narrowed to 70 potential jurors by 3 p.m.

    Five women and nine men were selected for the jury. The trial, which Judge John Roach said could last about three weeks, is set to begin Monday.

    Because the case has received significant media attention, Black's attorneys have questioned if their client can receive a fair and impartial trial in Collin County. Their request to have the trial moved from Collin County was denied last month.

    The concern was reflected in the questioning during the juror selection process.

    Cameras were not allowed inside the proceedings.

    Roach began with a series of current events questions about the case.

    While only a few jurors remembered hearing the name "Terrance Black," 12 said they recalled hearing the name "Susan Loper."

    More than 50 recalled hearing about an incident involving a Pilates instructor at Gleneagles Country Club.

    Seven other jurors said they could recall hearing news involving a suspect and the Grand Canyon.

    While questioned privately, many could only recall vague details and did not know how the different people and circumstances fit together.

    Black appeared at the Collin County Courthouse while the jury was selected. Wearing a suit and sitting quietly, his appearance was a far cry from his trip to court soon after his arrest, when he was brought in in a wheelchair and neck brace.

    Black was apprehended in Arizona after he tried to jump into the Grand Canyon.

    The state is not seeking the death penalty in the case.