Jury Selection Continues in Mohamad Mohamud Trial

October 12, 2012 Updated Oct 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Rachel Elzufon

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October 12, 2012 Updated Oct 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Jury selection is underway for a stepfather accused of beating his stepson to death and today we're learning more about the prosecution strategy for the trial.

The judge and attorneys think the jury will be chosen today in the case against Ali Mohamad Mohamud, who is accused of shoving a sock in his son's mouth, duct-taping it shut and beating him to death earlier this year.

Court insiders say we will probably see opening statements on Monday.

Prosecutors are listing seven Buffalo residents, ten police officers, one lab technician and a medical examiner as potential witnesses.

The trial is only expected to last one week, so most of those people probably will not be called to the stand.

Mohamad is charged with second degree murder. Prosecutors say they have to prove he meant to kill 10-year-old Abdifatah, but not that it was pre-meditated.

By the end of Friday, the court will have looked at up to 160 possible jurors.

That number is much higher than usual because a lot of the evidence is graphic and difficult to look at.

As of Friday morning, five men and four women had been sworn in to sit on the jury.

That means the court needs three more jurors and two alternates.

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