Judge: "Miles to go" in jury selection for Daniel Harden murder trial

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Jury selection is underway for the trial of Daniel Harden, one of three people being charged in connection with the death of Jose Hansen, and there's still a long way to go.

Jury selection is underway for the trial of Daniel Harden, one of three people being charged in connection with the death of Jose Hansen in 2017, and there's still a long way to go. (Source, KSNB)

Jury selection began at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Adams County District Court.

Thirty-six potential jurors were selected from a pool of more than 100 people for questioning. After asking everyone if they knew anyone in the trial or had any preconceived notions, Judge Terri Harder took each of the potential jurors into a separate room for an interview.

That process took about four hours.

From there, they excused 13 of those potential jurors. They were all replaced with new people, who the judge then had to question individually as well.

The individual questioning allows people to express any questions or concerns they might have in a private setting.

It also allows the judge and lawyers on both sides to carefully select who the best jurors will be for this specific case. There's a lot that goes into that selection, but some things they look for are biases, if the person can take information they hear only in the courtroom to make an informed decision, and if the person has any previous information that could cause a mistrial.

It's unclear at this time when Harden's trial will officially begin. That depends on when a jury is officially selected.

That process will continue at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Adams County District Court.

Harden is being charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm to commit a felony and conspiracy to commit a robbery.

If convicted on the first two charges, Harden could get up to life in prison. The conspiracy charge carries a max penalty of 50 years in prison.