Jury selection begins in Anaconda commissioner's trial

2013-04-22T14:57:00Z Jury selection begins in Anaconda commissioner's trial Montana Standard
April 22, 2013 2:57 pm

The trial for an Anaconda commissioner accused of raping a child starting Monday in Anaconda district court with jury selection.

Opening statements were expected to begin around 3 p.m.

The trial is being held before Butte District Judge Brad Newman.

Robert Pierce faces two felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent and sexual assault. Pierce, 52, pleaded not guilty to both of the charges.

The Anaconda-Deer Lodge County commissioner is accused of having sexual contact with a girl in April 2006 and April 2008 in Anaconda when the child was about 8 and 10.

Reporter John Grant Emeigh is covering the trial and will file a report later this afternoon.

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