Jury selection in Nestande trial begins Monday


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Posted on February 7, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 12:40 PM

AUSTIN -- The former legislative aide charged in a fatal hit and run will go to trial next week.

Gabrielle Nestande went before District Judge Karen Sage Thursday morning for a final pre-trial hearing. Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday.
Nestande walked into the courtroom surrounded by her legal team. Once inside she sat against the wall, directly across from the family of the woman she's accused of killing.
Prosecutors say Nestande hit and killed Courtney Griffin, 30, back in March of 2011. Last year they charged Nestande with intoxication manslaughter and manslaughter. Nestande is pleading not guilty.
Griffin's family and friends have been at every court appearance since her arrest.
“We're ready to get this moving forward and get it behind us. We need it as a family. We need it from just as a pure healing stand point and we're ready for it,” said Griffin’s father, Bart Griffin.
Nestande’s lawyers told Judge Sage they're working on a specific questionnaire that they want potential jurors to answer during Monday’s selection process.
The trial is set to begin immediately after the jury is selected. Neither Nestande’s attorneys or prosecutors have said who they may call to testify.