Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Possible Jurors Queried on Chua; Pool Narrows Even before Questioning about Case Begins

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Possible Jurors Queried on Chua; Pool Narrows Even before Questioning about Case Begins

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Byline: GORDON JACKSON

BRUNSWICK -- Close to half of the 250 prospective jurors for the trial of a St. Marys doctor facing drug and murder charges were excused before jury selection began Tuesday.

The reasons included financial and personal hardship, medical issues, people moving from Camden County and personal ties with the defendant, Noel Chua.

Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams excused Coroner L.W. Bruce because he is on the list of possible witnesses in the trial scheduled to begin Monday at the Glynn County Courthouse.

By the time candidates were divided into 20-person panels for questioning, 126 possible jurors remained in the courthouse.

Chua, 45, has been held in the Camden County jail since September 2006 when he was arrested for the drug overdose death of Jamie Carter III. Chua found Carter, a patient and housemate, dead in Chua's Osprey Cove home in December 2005.

Prosecutors say the 20-year-old Carter died from drugs Chua prescribed for no legitimate medical purpose.

Williams told attorneys the process to whittle the pool of jurors could go into the weekend.

"This is a huge deal for them [jurors]," Williams said. "I don't want to make this more taxing."

After the first panel of jurors was brought into the courtroom Tuesday afternoon, Williams asked them to raise their hands if they could answer yes to some basic questions about the case. She asked if jurors had any bias toward Chua, the defense attorneys or the prosecution, if they could reach a verdict based on the evidence, if they were related to Chua, if they had heard any news reports or conversations about the case and whether they believed Chua was guilty or innocent.

By the time she finished questioning the group, five more people had been excused.

One person was excused because he was Chua's patient for three years and another because his mother was a patient of Chua. …

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