Jury selection in the Marty Anderson trial will begin Oct. 1, Cowley County Attorney Larry Schwartz said on Tuesday.
Anderson faces charges including attempted second-degree murder, rape and kidnapping after allegedly shooting his ex-wife and taking her and her two daughters hostage in November 2018 at their home near Rock. Anderson is also charged with sex crimes allegedly committed against one of his former stepdaughters prior to the hostage incident. Anderson has pled not guilty to all of charges. His attorney is Michael Brown, of Derby.
Anderson’s trial was originally scheduled for June 2019, but was postponed so he could undergo a competency evaluation. He was found competent and the trial was rescheduled for May 2020. That date was also postponed, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Schwartz told the CourierTraveler in mid-July that the district court was waiting for guidance form the Kansas Supreme Court on how to safely resume jury trials.
A Kansas Supreme Court task force comprised of district court judges, attorneys and district court staff from across the state released a report in late July containing guidelines for how to safely resume jury trials. Guidelines cover physical distancing, cleaning and sanitation, increasing the number of potential jurors summoned and liberally granting juror requests to defer service.
Anderson remains incarcerated in the Cowley County Jail on $500,000 bond.
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