BOWLING GREEN —
Once the final 14 jurors were selected and the rest dismissed, McKinley reminded them of the laws he had already explained, and instructed each of them not to talk about the case with anyone or try to do any research about the case.
"We're trying to keep you pure," McKinley said. "We don't want you to hear anything about the case except what you hear in the courtroom."
Eaton, Bennett and Guffey participated in the arrest of Billy Randall Stinnett on Feb. 24, 2010, after Stinnett led law enforcement on a two-county vehicle chase while high on methamphetamine and transporting a mobile meth lab. The three defendants allegedly used unnecessary force while arresting Stinnett, beating him even after he was in handcuffs.
Eaton allegedly tried to cover up the beating by intimidating witnesses, attempting to falsify a report and destroying photographic evidence after the arrest. The government has further alleged the defendants lied to federal investigators in the months following the incident.
The federal trial is scheduled to last two weeks, but McKinley and the attorneys expressed a desire to wrap it up sooner if possible. Opening arguments will begin 9 a.m. Tuesday.