During the Dale Hopson murder trial a few weeks ago there were 13 jurors – one alternate and 12 jurors. The alternate had to be used because one of the jurors had a medical emergency at home.

For the Hopson trial, Marshall County Circuit Clerk Angie Johnson sent 250 summonses to Marshall County residents informing them they had been selected for jury duty.

Hopson, of Joppa, was found guilty of murdering his wife in 2016 by shooting her in the head with a .357 handgun. His sentencing is in May.

Of those 250, only 38 potential jurors showed up.

Of those 38, only one was excused during qualifications for having recently been in the hospital.

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