Blamey trial jury selection begins |

Blamey trial jury selection begins

NEVADA CITY – Jury selection began Tuesday, May 8 for the People vs. Ronald Blamey in the Nevada City courthouse.

July selection is expected to take one or two days.

Blamey, a contractor from Truckee, was charged with murder after the body of his wife Michiel, a Department of Justice special agent, was found dead in March 2000.

An autopsy revealed the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the victim’s head.

According to previous reports, Blamey turned himself in to a lawyer in Reno and later described the general location of his wife’s body to investigators.

Blamey was arrested for the murder and released on $500,000 bail. Currently he is living with his son in Seattle.

Michiel’s body was recovered from a field near the town of Sheridan, Calif.

A steam iron and large rock, both found in the back of Ron Blamey’s truck, have been entered into evidence as the murder weapons.

About 250 people have been contacted for interviews as potential jurors, said Ron Wolfson, the assistant district attorney, on Thursday.

The judge and both attorneys will question the candidates to determine the final jury pool.

Thomas E. Viloria, the attorney for Blamey, could not be reached for comment.

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