Roberson trial: Jury selection begins in a decades-old murder case |

Roberson trial: Jury selection begins in a decades-old murder case


More than six years have passed since Ulysses Roberson was extradited from a Washington state prison on suspicion of murdering his 4-year-old son, Alexander Olive, in a South Lake Tahoe home in 1985.

But, despite numerous delays, the case finally appears headed for trial.

Four groups of 50 potential jurors were called to the El Dorado County courthouse in South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday to fill out questionnaires that attorneys will use to determine each potential juror’s suitability to serve on the case.

Seating a jury for a trial that is expected to last six weeks or more in a geographic area with a limited jury pool is going to be “really tough,” Judge Suzanne Kingsbury said at a hearing on Sept. 3.

Final jury selection is scheduled for Sept. 29, and evidence isn’t likely to be presented in the case until October, Kingsbury said at the hearing.

If convicted, Roberson faces lifetime imprisonment without parole.

Olive’s body has never been found.

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