Jury selection continues in Thurman trial

Jury selection continues in Thurman trial

Attorneys spent a second day in court working to select a jury for the manslaughter case against Dwayne Thurman.

Thurman pleaded not guilty to first degree manslaughter for the shooting death of his wife, Brenda, in January of 2016.

Court documents say Thurman was with his wife at their kitchen table, cleaning the gun he’d bought her as a gift. He told investigators he and his wife had taken the gun for target shooting the day before. He said the gun “went off” unexpectedly, and hit Brenda in the chest.

His attorney, Carl Oreskovich, has said Brenda Thurman’s death was a “tragic accident.”

In June of 2017, Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor John Love filed the manslaughter charge against Thurman on the grounds that his firearms experience, from the military and from his service as a Lincoln County reserve deputy, is extensive and that he was recklessly handling a loaded firearm.

Attorneys conducted questioning late into the afternoon on Tuesday.