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Jury chosen for arson trial

Published Sep. 16, 2005

A jury was picked Tuesday in the arson trial of a man accused of setting fire to a house where dealers peddled drugs and addicts got high.

Sam Mohammed, 35, who has admitted to setting the blaze last September, grabbed headlines as a vigilante arsonist. His case was featured on CBS' 60 Minutes.

Circuit Judge Roger Colton excused 15 of 40 prospective jurors who said they had read or watched news reports about Mohammed's case. From the rest of the pool, the lawyers picked a jury of three women and three men.

Mohammed's attorney, Sammy Berry, said it was difficult picking the jury. "We're looking for law-and-order jurors who are fed up with crime and understand the ramifications of a drug problem."