In just a few hours Monday, the jury was selected for the murder trial of Terrence Roach.
Roach is accused of kidnapping and killing Aleah Beckerle.
Aleah was reported missing back in July of 2016.
For eight months, law enforcement searched for her.
It wasn’t until March that her body was found. Not too long afterwards, Roach was arrested.
First day of the trial
In day one of what could be a week of testimony and deliberation at the Vanderburgh County Courts Building, the case of Aleah Beckerle could get some closure.
The jury was seated with nine men and three women.
Lawyers gave opening statements 30 minutes before lunch.
The judge told the jury he hopes the trial is over by Friday.
Roach faces multiple felony charges, including murder.
Aleah was severely disabled and confined to a wheelchair.
Roach’s attorney Glenn Grampp said during the initial hearing, he expects there to be a lot of forensic evidence.
The start of testimony got underway Monday.
Evansville Police Detective Brent Melton devoted eight months to the investigation.
His interview with Roach was played for the jury.
The interview features a confession from Roach.
The trial for the man accused of kidnapping and killing Aleah Beckerle is underway Monday.
Jury selection was made before 11 a.m. Monday in the trial of Terrence Roach.
Prosecutor Nick Hermann didn’t seem to think the process would be this fast because there weren’t any witnesses at the trial once the jury was selected.
Aleah Beckerle was 19 when she disappeared from her home in July of 2016. For eight months, police, family, and volunteers searched for her. Her body was eventually discovered in an abandoned home on South Bedford Ave.
Roach was later arrested and charged in her kidnapping and murder.
(This story was originally published May 21, 2018)