Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

90 potential jurors asked to return in Stafford trial

Victoria Stafford is shown in this undated family handout photo.

Handout/The Canadian Press/Handout/The Canadian Press

Ninety potential jurors have been asked to return Wednesday for the next stage of jury selection in the trial of a man accused of killing an eight-year-old girl.

Michael Rafferty, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping in the death of Victoria Stafford.

Tori disappeared while on her way home from school in nearby Woodstock on April 8, 2009, and her body was found three months later.

Story continues below advertisement

Terri-Lynne McClintic, now 21, has already been convicted of first-degree murder in the girl's death.

Jury selection began Monday at the courthouse in London, Ont.

So far 338 have been called before Superior Court Judge Thomas Heeney and all but 90 have been excused for various reasons.

Mr. Rafferty's trial was moved from Woodstock to London in light of publicity surrounding the girl's death.

The trial is also expected to draw extensive media coverage, so Judge Heeney has set some ground rules. Reporters can use devices such as laptops or smartphones but won't be allowed to transmit from the courtroom.

However, a satellite courtroom will be set up for the trial, from which reporters will be allowed to electronically transmit information.

Members of the public won't be permitted to use personal electronic devices in either courtroom.

Story continues below advertisement

During the trial the jury is set to visit the site where Tori's body was found.

Report an error
Comments are closed

We have closed comments on this story for legal reasons. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.