An order issued by Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Gerald Parker before the trial began laid out precautions the court was taking.
Those precautions included having groups of potential jury members stay in two rooms during the selection process. Typically, before the coronavirus outbreak, a jury pool could see upwards of 50 people inside the courtroom sitting side-by-side waiting to be selected. The jurors in the second courtroom were allowed to watch what was taking place in the courtroom via a live stream.
Also different was where the jurors were to sit during the trial, according to the order. The jurors were given an option to sit in the jury box or in the gallery to promote social distancing.
Jurors, the defendant and lawyers were also required to wear a mask during the trial, the order says. The precautions also allowed for the defendant and his lawyer to leave the courtroom to discuss strategy.
Jurors were also to deliberate in the courtroom instead of a jury room to again promote social distancing.