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Jury selection begins in Ken Bluew murder trial

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(09/19/12) - It was a case that drew national attention.

Now, because of that attention , jury selection for the murder trial of a Mid-Michigan police officer is going slow.

Suspended Buena Vista Township police officer Ken Bluew is accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend. He faces life in prison if convicted.

In an effort to get an impartial jury, prospective jurors are being questioned individually by attorneys.

There were 55 prospective jurors in the courtroom Wednesday, and seven of them said they had never heard of this case, which began on Aug. 30, 2011.

Down an isolated road in Buena Vista Township is a memorial. This is the spot where 32-year-old Jennifer Webb was found. Her picture is there, along with other items. 

One of the first police officers on this scene that Aug. 30 night, suspended Buena Vista Township's Ken Bluew, who told an arriving officer that it looked like a suicide. He said he even found a suicide note in Webb's purse. But police say they soon believed the married Bluew was in a relationship with Webb, who was eight months pregnant.

Inside the Saginaw County Courthouse, jury selection for Bluew's murder trial has started. The media is being barred from covering the questioning of potential jurors. Earlier this year, Circuit Court Judge Darnell Jackson denied a request by Bluew's attorney to have the trial moved out of Saginaw County. In last year's preliminary hearing, a police officer testified that Webb's cell phone indicated Bluew, who is now divorced, and Webb had been talking hours before her body was found.

"Name that was brought up was Ken Cop Boo on there," Buena Vista Police Officer Tim Patterson testified.

Medical Examiner Kanu Virani demonstrated on attorney Rod O'Farrell how Webb may have been strangled to death. Bluew is also charged with intentionally causing miscarriage or stillbirth of a fetus or embryo, and at that memorial, the name of Braxton is on the cross as well, the name that Webb had chosen for her baby.

Jury selection will continue Thursday morning. 

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