Potential jurors in the murder trial of Gerard Baden-Clay will be polled in a bid to eliminate any who may have already made up their mind about the case.
Potential jurors asked to decide the fate of accused wife killer Gerard Baden-Clay will be polled to try to weed out any who might be biased.
Baden-Clay’s murder trial is due to begin in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Tuesday, June 10.
At a review in court on Monday, the 43-year-old’s lawyers successfully applied to screen potential jurors for bias against their client by asking them three questions.
The case has received a large amount of media attention since 43-year-old Brisbane woman Allison Baden-Clay vanished in April 2012 and her body was found 10 days later.
The technique of pre-polling jurors was used in the high-profile trials of Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel.
Up to 72 witnesses could be called to give evidence during Baden-Clay’s trial, which is scheduled to run between three and four weeks before Justice John Byrne.
At some point during proceedings jurors are expected to tour the area where Mrs Baden-Clay’s body was found near the Kholo Bridge at Anstead in Brisbane’s west.
During Monday’s brief hearing, Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller said police had raised concerns about a steep bank and who would be liable if someone was injured.
The option of jurors viewing the scene from the top of the bank without having to descend was discussed.
Baden-Clay, a former real estate agent, reported his wife missing from their Brookfield home in Brisbane’s west on April 20, 2012.
Her body was found on a creek bank in a nearby suburb on April 30, 2012.
Baden-Clay was charged with his wife’s murder in June 2012 and has maintained his innocence.