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Jury selected in Austin Blaize murder trial

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A jury has been selected in the Gibson County trial of 25-year-old Austin Blaize who is accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend's father.

In all five rounds of questions from the prosecution and defense determined the 12 jurors that will reside in this case.

The prosecution focused their questions on whether the potential jurors could put a young man in prison for the rest of his life.

The defense focused their questions to see if the potential jurors could remain under the creed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecution did not wish to comment because of the high profile of the case.

Defense Attorney Ivan Arnaez says both sides want to take their time selecting a jury on a case like this, because of the case's high profile nature.

"You want 12 people who can think for themselves, because they're going to have to come to a conclusion at the end of the case," said Arnaez. "You want 12 thinkers, not 12 potted plants. I think we got that today."

Opening statements and the first pieces of evidence will be presented Tuesday morning.

The trial is expected to last about a week.

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