AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) – Attorneys have decided on a jury in the trial of suspended Augusta Commissioner Sammie Sias.

Jury selection started at 9:00 am and concluded around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. A jury made up of eight females and five males will decide the fate of Sias.

Sias spoke to potential jurors Tuesday morning during jury selection when they were confused about if they lived in his district or not. He explained the lines and roads that make up his former district, district four. 

The jury selection was announced after a tense sidebar discussion between attorneys and Judge Randal Hall.

After the lunch break ended around 3 p.m. jurors heard opening statements from the prosecution. They laid out the case they have against Sias, which included showing files they allege Sias deleted.

Prosecutors also talked about why they believe Sias would have deleted the files in question. 

Before going home for the day Judge Randal Hall ruled on a motion filed by prosecutors that would have limited the introduction of a potential witness’s criminal history.

He sided with prosecutors saying Willa Hilton’s past, expunged criminal history will not be admissible if she is brought as a witness. 

Court will be back in session Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

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