The trial for Nicholas Godejohn is finally underway. He’s accused of murdering Dee Dee Blanchard, the mother of Gypsy Blanchard, in June of 2015. Doctors have said Dee Dee suffered from Munchausen by Proxy, resulting in years of medical abuse for Gypsy. Because of this, Gypsy is accused of asking Godejohn to murder her mother.
At the Greene County Courthouse Thursday, Judge David Jones questioned 79 potential jurors. The pool of jurors is mostly made up of senior citizens who have lived in Greene County for at least two decades. While it might be hard to find jurors who are unfamiliar with this case, since the story captivated the nation, questioning Thursday had the goal of finding a fair and impartial jury.
Godejohn appeared in court for jury selection. Since he’s charged with a violent crime, Judge Jones is asking potential jurors if they or a loved one have ever been a victim of a violent crime. At least a dozen jurors raised their hands.
Godejohn’s defense is that he suffers from autism, which affects his ability to make decisions. The judge asked potential jurors if they have family members who have autism or a similar disease. At least six jurors raised their hands.
Judge Jones also wants to know if any of the potential jurors have experience in dealing with mental health illness, since that will also be part of Godejohn’s defense. At least a dozen people admitted they did.
Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson asked the potential jurors would have a problem if Godejohn were convicted and sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. No jurors said they would have a problem with that.
So far, two people have been released from jury duty. The voir dire process will continue Friday. Opening statements are set to begin Tuesday.