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Many potential jurors affected by original Coe trials; jury selection continues

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SPOKANE, Wash. - As the process of selecting a jury in Kevin Coe's civil commitment hearing continues, the judge, attorneys and the media are learning just how widespread this case really is.

Beginning on Monday, potential juror after potential juror was shuffled into the courtroom to answer questions attorneys had after viewing their responses written on questionnaires.  Some were quickly dismissed; all were told to continue calling in to see what their assignment would be - if they were to receive an assignment at all.

On Tuesday one potential juror took the stand, only to tell the court that he had ties to the original case back in the 1970s and he couldn't be impartial.  The man said his uncle and stepfather were both members of the Spokane police Department, and they both worked hard to put Coe behind bars the first time. 

That particular potential juror is one of many who seem to recall the fear caused by the South Hill Rapist.  He was excluded from the pool.

Of course, not everyone was as intensely affected by the Coe case.  There was an equal amount of those who had very little if any knowledge of what happened so long ago.  Some weren't even alive at the time of Coe's first trial.

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