Slaubaugh trial set Thursday

After one mistrial because of an inability to impanel an impartial jury, a jury has finally been selected in the case of a Montrose man who’s been accused of having sexual intercourse with a 6-year-old child.

Sixty-four-year-old Edward Slaubaugh’s two-day trial will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, after 12 jurors and two alternates were successfully selected Tuesday afternoon in Randolph County Circuit Court.

Slaubaugh’s trial had been slated for May 22 and May 24; however it was rescheduled for Thursday and Friday because Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong, Slaubaugh’s attorney, James Hawkins, and special Prosecuting Attorney Ray LaMora III were unable to impanel an impartial jury.

State code mandates that a jury be selected from a panel of 20 impartial individuals. At the first jury selection, on May 21, only 19 individuals remained after the judge and attorneys asked potential jurors a slew of questions over the course of two-and-a-half hours in an effort to root out bias.

In 2012, Slaubaugh was indicted on one felony count of first-degree sexual assault, one felony count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian and one felony count of first-degree sexual abuse.

According to the indictment, Slaubaugh allegedly had sexual intercourse with the victim and forced the victim to engage in a lewd sexual act on Sept. 17, 2011.