Jury picked in Detroit death penalty case

DETROIT (AP) -- A jury has been selected in Detroit for a trial that could lead to a rare death sentence.

Timothy O'Reilly is charged with killing a man during a 2001 bank robbery in Dearborn. Opening trial statements are scheduled for Monday.

After spending much of June interviewing possible jurors, lawyers and U.S. District Court Judge Victoria Roberts settled on 16 people Tuesday, including alternates. Roberts warned them not to comment about the case online.

Norman Stephens was fatally shot while delivering cash to Dearborn Federal Credit Union. Besides O'Reilly, two people still are awaiting trial and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Michigan doesn't have the death penalty but prosecutors can pursue it in federal court.

Published: Thu, Jul 8, 2010