Lawyers Agree on Jury for Beauregard Trial


A jury of eight men and four women was sworn in Tuesday in San Bernardino Superior Court for the trial of former Cal State Northridge football player Jonathan Beauregard.

The defense and prosecution took part of Monday and all day Tuesday to agree on a jury. Throughout the selection process Beauregard, 23, sat quietly by his court-appointed attorney, Greg Waitman.

After the jury was sworn in, Beauregard had no comment other than to confirm he is still enrolled at Northridge and hopes to graduate at the end of the academic year.

Beauregard is charged with two counts of attempted murder stemming from an alleged attack Aug. 29, 1994.

He is accused of shooting his girlfriend, Dunyella D. Smith, and her companion, Von E. Thompson, while they sat in Thompson's pickup truck outside a San Bernardino bar at 1:30 a.m.

Beauregard has been free on $100,000 bail since October.

After this morning's opening statements, Thompson will take the stand for the prosecution.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Cheryl Kersy said she will call eight witnesses. The defense will call three--Beauregard's mother, grandmother and cousin. Kersy expects the jury to begin deliberating by Monday.

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