HENNEPIN — On Monday, jury selection for the trial of Clifford A. Andersen Jr. began, and as of midday Tuesday, 11 jurors had been seated.
Three hundred questionnaires were sent out to prospective jurors. Because of the small size of Putnam County, the shocking nature of the crime, and the more than 85 witnesses expected to be called to the stand, the court was concerned about being able to seat a local jury.
If a local jury is unable to be seated, Judge Stephen A. Kouri said he reserved a courtroom in Tazewell County for a change of venue in the trial, which is expected to take two weeks.
Andersen, 68, of Standard is charged with killing his sister-in-law, Deborah Dewey, and concealing her body. Dewey, 62, of Ladd was reported missing in August 2016. Her body was found on Sept. 12, 2016, in a shallow grave in a yard of a Standard home for which Andersen was caretaker.