Judges rejects defense request to sequester jury

Sunday, September 30, 2001

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The jury chosen for the trial of Keith D. Nelson apparently will not be sequestered, a federal judge has ruled.

Nelson faces federal charges that he killed 10-year-old Pamela Butler of Kansas City, Kan., during a sexual assault in October 1999.

He has pleaded innocent.

Nelson's lawyers had asked U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. to sequester jurors to shield them from news coverage.

Gaitan rejected the request but said he might revisit the issue.

The trial opens Oct. 29.

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