Bourgoin jury selected, trial to begin Monday

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Ten women and six men, including four alternates, have been chosen to decide Steven Bourgoin’s fate beginning next week, according to Chittenden County state’s attorney Sarah George.

At approximately 11am Wednesday morning, the jury was selected for Bourgoin’s second-degree murder trial in Burlington.

Bourgoin pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of driving the wrong way on I-89 in Williston and colliding into a vehicle carrying five Mad River Valley teenagers in October 2016.

Mary Harris, 16, of Moretown; Cyrus Zschau, 16, of Moretown; Liam Hale, 16, of Fayston; Janie Cozzi, 15, of Fayston; and Eli Brookens, 16, of Waterbury, died in the crash.

Bourgoin’s attorneys are expected to argue an insanity defense.

Ahead of this week’s jury selection, 400 questionnaires were sent out to potential jurors in Chittenden County.

They asked if the person knew any of the victims, attorneys or witnesses.

The questionnaire also asked about the person’s views on mental health issues and what he or she knew about the case from the media.

More than one hundred potential jurors were called this week and were asked to comment further on their answers to the questions.

After the jury was selected, Judge Kevin Griffin advised the jurors to avoid media, including social media.

The trial begins Monday.

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