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Jury set in Sioux City murder trial

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

12 jurors, and two alternates, are now seated for the murder trial of Fernando Jaimes-Martinez.

He's the Sioux City man accused of shooting into a crowd, and killing a woman, last September.

The jury was selected from a pool of 34 people resulting in a 12-person jury, five women, and seven men. After lunch, the attorneys called back six potential alternates, selecting one man, and one woman.

Once the jury was set, the trial began with Woodbury County Judge Jeffrey Poulson reading the jury their instructions for trial.

The state then presented to the jury the charges Fernando Jaimes-Martinez faces, including first-degree murder in the death of 27-year old Karla Gonzalez. He has already pleaded guilty to the charge of a felon in possession of a firearm, which carries a jail term and an automatic deportation when the term is through.

Prosecuting attorney Mark Campbell presented his opening statement, telling the jury what he thought the evidence would prove in this case.

"The defendant shot that rifle. He shot that rifle into a crowd of people as they were retreating up to the house to get away from him and his brothers, and that Karla Gonzalez was shot and killed by one of the bullets the defendant fired," Campbell said.

The attorney for the defense, Mike Williams, declined to make an opening statement to the jury, but did not give a reason why.

Testimony will begin Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

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