CLEARWATER, Fla. – An outburst from a member of the courtroom gallery has interrupted jury selection in the murder trial of an Orlando woman accused of killing her daughter.
The proceedings went into recess Friday after a woman sitting the Pinellas County courtroom gallery yelled, "She killed somebody, anyway" in the direction of defendant Casey Anthony while Judge Belvin Perry was questioning a prospective juror.
The woman, white and in her 30s, was escorted out of the courtroom by deputies and Perry sent the potential juror back into a holding room. Perry held her in contempt of court. The potential juror was excused.
Perry hopes to seat a jury of at least 12 sometime Friday. Jury selection is being held outside of Orlando because of intense pretrial publicity.