Sept 27, 1995, Monfils Homicide: Racine jurors get their seats in criminal trial pg 1
WEDNESDAY, September 27, 1995 500 fitrDCiOD3 Lawyers for both sides satisfied with selection By Scott Hildebrand Press-Gazette Press-Gazette Press-Gazette , RACINE Sixteen jurors from Racine County will hear opening statements today in the case of six Green Bay millworkers accused cf conspiring to kill Tom Monfils. Twelve women and four men hastily packed their bags Tuesday night for what could be a month-long month-long month-long stay in Green Bay. The jurors, including four alternates, alternates, will decide the fate of six men charged with being party to first-degree first-degree first-degree intentional homicide. The charge carries a penalty of life in prison. The defendants are Keith Kutska, 44, Abrams; Mike Johnson, 47, Mike Hirn, 31, Mike Piaskowski, 46, Dale Basten, 54, all of Green Bay; and Rey Moore, 48, De Pere. Prosecutors say one or more of them beat Monfils, then threw him in a paper pulp vat after he told police that Kutska planned to steal an extension cord. Brown County District At-tor-ney At-tor-ney At-tor-ney At-tor-ney At-tor-ney John Zakowski said he was satisfied with the jury. "You work with what you get," Zakowski said. "It's always a crap-shoot crap-shoot crap-shoot with a jury." Gerald Boyle, Hirn's lawyer, said rrn The Monfils trial he also expects the jury to fairly consider evidence in the case. Boyle, who warned jurors they would hear "heart-wrenching" "heart-wrenching" "heart-wrenching" facts about Monfils' death, said he was not looking for anything in particular in jurors. "It's the biggest guessing game in the world trying to figure out what jurors will do," he said. "You're looking for a gut feeling that the people will be fair and impartial." The jury was chosen Tuesday from a panel of more than 100 prospective jurors from Racine County. Jurors from Racine County are being used in the trial because of Please see JuryA-2 JuryA-2 JuryA-2 What it's like to serve on a sequestered juryA-2 juryA-2 juryA-2 Questions? Do you have questions about the Tom Monfils trial or how the court system works during a trial? If so, call 436-7838 436-7838 436-7838 Monday through Saturday, and we'll find the answers.