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Halee Rathgeber murder trial: Day 1

Tuesday was jury selection in the murder trial of Isaiah Hagan. 

Roughly half of the nearly 180-person jury pool were in and out of courtroom Tuesday.

Isaiah Hagan, 23, is accused of shooting to death Halee Rathgeber, 20, of Evansville, in April 2017. Her body was found on the Alcoa Soccer Fields in Warrick County.






Hagan faces life in prison without parole if convicted. He's charged with two counts of murder, robbery with serious bodily injury, and obstruction of justice. 

Most of Tuesday was spent questioning roughly half of the jury pool. 

In addition to jury selection, a defense motion was made barring the prosecution from using either Rathgeber or Hagan's bank statement as evidence.

According to the original affidavit, detectives say Hagan had owed Rathgeber nearly $600 at the time of her death. 

The defense also refuses to rule out other former persons of interest in the case, mentioning evidence relating to Rathgeber's alleged acquaintance, Thaddeous Rice. Rice is awaiting his own trial in October, facing charges of murder and neglect of a ten-month-old infant.

Jury selection will continue into Wednesday. The trial is expected to last several days, or even weeks. 

If Hagan is convicted, there will be a second trial focusing on the life without parole murder charge enhancement.

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(This story was originally published on May 1, 2018)

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