Opening Statements Begin in Stabbing Death of Pocatello Teen

Opening Statements Begin in Stabbing Death of Pocatello Teen
Brian Draper, right, watches, along with his defense attorney Dave Martinez, as Bannock County Prosecuting attorney, rear, questions a prospective juror in the opening of Draper's trial Tuesday, April 10, 2007, in Pocatello, Idaho. Draper is one of two teens charged in the September slaying of a high school classmate. (AP Photo/Idaho State Journal, Doug Lindley)
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) _ Lawyers are making their opening arguments today in the trial of a Pocatello teen charged in the stabbing death of a high school classmate last fall.

The trial of Brian Draper began Tuesday with jury selection.

The 16-year-old is accused of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the September stabbing death of Cassie Jo Stoddart.

Prosecutors say Draper and Torey Adamcik (ADAM-check) stabbed Stoddart to death at a home near Chubbock she was house-sitting for relatives. Adamcik's trial is scheduled for next month.

Judge Peter McDermott says the jury will be sequestered the entire trial. He also plans to hold court Saturdays to cut down on the time the jury needs to be sequestered.

Draper's trial could last up to three weeks.