12 Jurors have been chosen

January 30, 2009

The 12 jurors will consist of 6 men and 6 women for the Jodi Sanderholm murder trial. 

Opening arguments will begin Monday, February 2 at 9 a.m. CST.  KWCH (www.kwch.com) plans to air live streaming video and live blogging of the trial.

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42 Jurors Found!

January 30, 2009

The courts have identified 42 prospective jurors in the trial for Jodi Sanderholm’s accused murderer.  The prosecution and defense will whittle the total number of jurors down to 12 jurors with 4 alternates tomorrow.  

The opening statements are set to begin Monday at 8 a.m. CST.


Jury Selection to Begin on Monday…

January 24, 2009

Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 26, 2009 in the Justin Thurber murder trial.

The local (Wichita) news station offered this recap of the story.

http://www.kwch.com/Global/story.asp?S=9724703


Johnson County, KS Law Enforcement Receives Additional Training on Jodi’s Law

January 17, 2009

This link from Kansas City news channel 5 (http://www.kctv5.com/news/18495250/detail.html)  includes a victim’s statement on the importance of the law.  Note: the victim’s identity is hidden.  Victims of stalking live in constant fear of their stalkers.  Victims should visit http://www.ncvc.org for more information on finding help in your area.



Remembering the Day Jodi’s Body was Found…

January 10, 2009

The morning started the same way.  Nothing new.  Texas Equine would search the lake at first chance that morning.   The news began reporting that Jodi’s car had been found and would be recovered with a body.  I called my dad and asked if it was true.  His response, “They found her but she is not in the car.”  

 

I still had hope and asked if she was OK.  He broke down and gave me the news that I and all of Jodi’s friends and family had hoped would not come.  Jodi was gone.  At work, I sat in a daze.  School was about to be dismissed.  I had to get my daughter before she looked at the Internet.  I raced home and gave her the news that her babysitter and friend was gone. 

 

It was a few days later that she asked me the question no parent should ever have to answer.  She asked, “Mom, you said I should always fight and yell if someone ever tired to do anything.”  Of course I said yes you should get attention of someone that will help you and run.  She went on to say, “but Jodi fought didn’t she?”  Yes, I am sure Jodi fought and in her memory I will fight for change in the laws to protect others.


Remembering the 4th Day Jodi was Missing…

January 8, 2009

I waited for news, but nothing new came.  The Internet begins unofficially to reveal a suspect’s name, but did that really matter when Jodi could still be out there?  I still wanted to believe that everything was a misunderstanding or at worst that Jodi was hurt and waiting for help to arrive.  After all this is a small town.  It is a town that I grew up in.  Everyone knew everyone and no one would want to hurt Jodi. 

 

The news began reporting and my father confirmed that law enforcement was closing in on an investigation at the Cowley County Fishing Lake.  Some of Jodi’s clothes and the mail from the day she went missing had been found in the restroom there.  I finally acknowledged that Jodi had been a victim, but I still did not believe she could be dead.  My father continued to try to prepare me for the news to come.

 

Rumors continued as law enforcement waited for Texas Equine Search to arrive in the small town.  Texas Equine Search has worked many high profile cases and was on the way to assist in the search.  Jodi began to appear in national news.  Today Show.  AOL.com.  I turned everything off and waited. 


Remembering the 3rd Day Jodi was Missing…

January 7, 2009

The third day Jodi was missing we had planned to have another couple over for dinner.  I went ahead with the plans thinking it would be a welcomed distraction.  However, I am confident that I was not a good hostess that evening. 

 

All day I called my father for updates feeling helpless that I was so far away.  All day I received the same update.  Nothing had changed. 

 

Throughout the day I remembered Jodi.  I thought about when we moved into the house next door to Jodi and her family.  She was about 1 years old and one of the cutest babies I think I have ever seen (her niece is a mirror image).  Cindy (Jodi’s mom) had come outside to introduce herself as we moved in.  Cindy was an at-home day care provider at the time.  As Cindy stood talking with us Jodi crawled out as well to be quickly grabbed by her older brother, Jason.

 

It was becoming apparent that memories could be all we would have left of Jodi, but as simple as they are they were all were great and accented with a smile that showed care for everyone.  

 

Later that day law enforcement began asking people to look in their out buildings “for anything.”  Kansas had a few extremely cold nights and I hoped that she had found shelter in a building and was waiting for someone to find her.  That was not the case.

 

Jodi was probably about ten or eleven when her dad, Brian and my own father decided to joke with her older sister, Jennifer’s high school boyfriend who was coming for a date.  Jodi laughed about the joke, but quickly added, “I hope they don’t do that to my dates!”  She dated the same boy all thru high school though.  She was still dating him when she went missing and he planned to propose later that year.

 

No additional news on Jodi came throughout the day.  My mind raced with locations that she could be waiting for help.  As if I could solve this from more than 600 miles away better than the law enforcement. 

 

Some good news did come from the Sanderholm family that day. Jennifer (Jodi’s older sister) delivered a healthy baby girl, Emma.  What should have been a time the Sanderholm family and Jodi celebrated was overcast with the uncertainty and worry for Jodi.

 

Every day we read, listen or watch stories similar to Jodi’s.  It may not be stalking every time.  It may not end as horribly.  But the victim was always someone’s daughter/son, brother/sister, uncle/aunt, niece/nephew, friend or babysitter.  The details you hear on the news merely scratch the surface.  Help protect these people!  Everyone has a choice.  Do nothing while continuing to shake your head and say too bad every night or call your legislator and ask for change in the current anti-stalking laws!

 

“All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke