McElroy jury seated Tuesday afternoon

Jurors in the first-degree murder trial of Derrick McElroy will hear opening statements at 9 a.m. today.

They were seated Tuesday afternoon.

McElroy, 28, of Fort Dodge, is accused of shooting Brandyn Preston, 19, of Fort Dodge, in the neck at a bonfire party on May 8, 2011, which was Mother’s Day.

He survived the shooting, but was paralyzed from the neck down.

Preston moved to Tampa, Fla., to live with his mother after he was released from the hospital.

In January 2012, Preston died from injuries related to the shooting.

McElroy, who was arrested in July 2012, has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge.

The seven-woman, five-man jury, along with two female alternates, were selected from a pool of more than 90 Webster County residents.

Potential jurors were questioned for a little more than five hours by both Doug Hammerand, assistant Iowa attorney general, and McElroy’s attorney, Charles Kenville.

The prosecutor and defense attorney asked numerous questions to the pool, including their knowledge of the case, relationship with any of the victims or witnesses, if they had a conflict that could interfere with their jury service and if they could be impartial and judge based solely on the testimony of witnesses.

About 12 jurors were excused for various reasons throughout the day.

The trial will resume with opening statements from prosecution and defense.

Hammerand told jurors that the trial is expected to last into next week likely would be done by Aug. 25.