FULTON COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - In day four of The People vs. James Worley, there is some concern. Last year well over 300 Fulton County residence were summoned for this case. Now dozens have been excused just over 50 potential jurors remain.
Sierah Joughin went missing back in July of 2016. Since then, stories, rumors and reports about this case have filled social media feeds, newspapers and T.V. newscasts.
Besides the information from the media, many within the small community knew Sierah and her family. That has forced attorneys to be very selective in who they seat on this jury.
"If you were sitting two seats over from me facing capitol charges, would you want someone on the jury who's friend's girlfriend was the victims best friend?" asked Worley's attorney, Merle Dech.
Attorneys want to seat a fair and impartial jury and need to make sure jurors will not use information they heard in the past to consider Worley's guilt or innocence.
Before jurors were questioned, Worley started out with his own statement.
He addressed the judge about an issue he has been faced with at the correction facility.
There have been some late nights at the Fulton County courthouse during the week's jury selections, including Wednesday when court didn't wrap up until 8:30 p.m.
Because of this, Worley told the judge he hasn't been able to get enough sleep at night at CCNO.
He said that since he has been getting back to CCNO late in the evening he has been unable to get to bed at a decent time. He went on to say that the staff wakes him up at 3 a.m. to take his medication, then interrupts his sleep again to wake him up for breakfast at 5 a.m.
"They are interrupting my short period of rest that I do have, and I need to come in here on the ball and awake. I want to pay attention to you and that person and get my first impression of them," Worley said. ""I need to be conscious awake on the ball and myself not like this."
The judge told Worley he will coordinate with the facility to see if his medication can be sent with him to court daily so that he is on a regular sleep schedule during this trial that could last up to five weeks.
UPDATE: During day four of the trial, the defense attorney claimed that M-and-R Redi-Mix provided concrete used to "bury evidence" in the State versus James Worley.
WTOL 11 has since reached out to the company and a spokesperson tells us that this was not the case. They had and continue to have no ties with James Worley.