Winnipeg judge to rule if trial of accused serial killer to start with jury

 The Canadian Press  A Winnipeg judge is expected to decide today whether the trial of a man accused of killing four women will still be heard by a jury Lawyers for Jeremy Skibicki have asked that his jury trial, which is set to begin Wednesday, be heard by a judge alone. The defence has argued that two years of publicity surrounding the high-profile case may have biased the jurors. A U.S.-based psychologist who has studied jury bias told court this week that news coverage of the slayings of the four women has been consistent and emotional. Skibicki’s lawyers said they plan to argue he is not criminally responsible for the deaths because of a mental illness. Skibicki has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths…

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