ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Capital Gazette gunman was in court Tuesday ahead of his scheduled jury trial this summer.
Attorneys are sorting out just how that will look, starting with asking about the vaccination status of prospective jurors, something Judge Michael Wachs declined to do.READ MORE: Victims Identified In Woodlawn Shooting Saturday, Police Detail Suspect's Attack
Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty to the 2018 attack that killed Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiassen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters.
Now, the question of whether he’s “criminally responsible.” It’s Maryland’s version of an insanity defense.
Judge Wachs said notices will be sent this Friday to a jury pool of 300 people, and they will be brought into the courtroom during jury selection in groups of 10.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: 8 Deaths Reported Sunday As Hospitalizations & Positivity Rate Decline
There will be plastic barriers between counsel, in front of the jury box, and at the witness stand.
A jury trial has been put off several times throughout the pandemic, but is on the docket again, to start in June.
Also scheduled in June, just blocks away from the courthouse, the unveiling of the Guardians of The First Amendment Memorial, honoring the victims of the attack.
The judge ruled Ramos must wear a mask during the trial, but can wear a clear one.MORE NEWS: Agustin Arellano-Ayon Killed In Head-On Crash In Frederick, Police Say
All the lawyers are vaccinated, although Ramos is not.