Jury selection for the United States Government versus Terry Dubose, Frank Banker and Elwood West started at 8:30 Monday morning at the U.S. District Court in Panama City.
The federal trial involves allegations of fraud with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Judge Richard Smoak entered the courtroom at 11:30, when jury selection got under way.
The case brought in 51 potential jurors and at 5:15 in the evening that pool was officially trimmed to 14. The jury is comprised of 9 women and 5 men.
Assistant US Attorney Gayle Littleton for the prosecution questioned potential jurors first. She asked if the government has the right to make and enforce laws. Also, if it's easier to lie to a person than the government.
Defense attorney James White focused on people's background involving banking, accounting and bookkeeping. He also asked if people have ill feelings towards CPAs or accountants.
The three men are accused of defrauding the government of Nearly $4 million dollars. The trial gets under weigh Tuesday morning at 8:30.