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Jury selection a lengthy process in WJU student death

Updated: Monday, June 9 2014, 05:41 PM EDT


Jury selection for the man accused in the beating death of a Wheeling Jesuit student continues.

Craig Tyler Peacock, 22, is charged with first-degree murder.

A questionnaire was sent out to narrow down the pool, and six dozen potential jurors were reviewed for several hours on Monday.

Peacock, of Florida, was in Wheeling working in the oil and gas industry when he and two co-workers got into a fight with 21-year-old Kevin Figaniak and another Wheeling Jesuit University student.

The incident happened on Sept. 1 near Locust Avenue in Woodsdale. Wheeling police said the two groups had left different bars after a night of drinking.

Prosecutors say a kick to the head, from Peacock, is what killed the student.

However, his defense says this isn't a murder trial and Peacock didn't intend to kill Figaniak. Nor did he know that the young man had died after the fight.

Peacock's co-worker Jarrett Chandler, 24, pleaded guilty back in January to involuntary manslaughter, a misdemeanor, and has been released from jail.

He's expected to testify along with a lengthy list of witnesses and experts.

We're told jury selection has been a difficult process because of the media attention the case has received.

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Jury selection a lengthy process in WJU student death

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