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Jury selection begins in Sierra Tract robbery case

Christina Proctor

After two weeks of delay, jury selection began Monday in the trial of a South Lake Tahoe man accused of a home invasion robbery.

Jerimiah Hubner, 23, was arrested May 29 – the day of the robbery – after a search of his residence on Alma Avenue allegedly uncovered items taken during the incident. The victim’s home was on Osborne Avenue in the Sierra Tract.

Hubner’s roommate and alleged accomplice, Keith Huntsman, 24, was found guilty Aug. 6 in El Dorado County Superior Court after a three-day jury trial. According to prosecutors, Huntsman is facing up to 28 years in a California state prison. His sentencing is set for Thursday.

Marcus Woodcock, who appeared Monday, testified during Huntsman’s trial that he was awakened around 3:15 a.m. by his rottweiler’s growls. Woodcock told the court that at his bedroom door he was confronted by a black man with a grim reaper Halloween mask holding a handgun and a white man wearing a ski mask and armed with a submachine gun. Woodcock recounted the next 30 to 45 minutes as he and his roommate were led from room to room at gunpoint and forced to look for money and marijuana.

Woodcock told South Lake Tahoe police investigators that he recognized Huntsman’s voice, demeanor and physical shape. Police said further investigation led to the identification of Huntsman and Hubner as two possible suspects.

The defense will have an opportunity to cross-examine Woodcock today

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