With jury chosen, opening statements set for Wednesday in R. Kelly child pornography trial

CHICAGO — Opening statements are set to be delivered Wednesday in the federal child pornography trial of disgraced R&B famous person R. Kelly and two of his former workers.

After two days of questioning by U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber, a pool of greater than 120 potential jurors was winnowed right down to 18 — 12 jurors and eight alternates.

Selected to be jurors had been: Four Black girls, 4 white girls, two Black males and two white males. Another three white girls, two Black girls and a white man had been chosen as alternate jurors.

Opening statements will start at 10 a.m. Monday. Prosecutors and the three groups of protection attorneys instructed Leinenweber that openings will final roughly three hours. Once these are delivered, prosecutors will name their first witness.

A federal grand jury in Chicago indicted Kelly, 55, on 13 counts in July 2019, accusing him of manufacturing and receiving child pornography, whereas additionally engaging minors to have interaction in unlawful sexual exercise.

The Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer — who has remained in legislation enforcement custody since his 2019 arrest — was initially charged with sexually abusing 5 minors, although a superseding indictment in 2020 added a sixth alleged sufferer.

Two of Kelly’s former workers had been charged with him in the federal Chicago case: Derrel McDavid and Milton “June” Brown. Both are charged with one rely of conspiracy to obtain child pornography, whereas McDavid additionally faces two counts of receiving child pornography and one rely of conspiracy to hinder justice. Prosecutors allege Kelly and people in his interior circle paid out a whole lot of hundreds of {dollars} over time in an effort to trace down video tapes that Kelly made that allegedly present him partaking in sexual exercise with underage victims.

Earlier this year, Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in jail by a federal choose in Brooklyn after he was convicted of intercourse trafficking and racketeering.

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