Key Rulings Expected On First Day Of Church Bombing Trial

Circuit Judge James Garrett says he will act Tuesday on whether to grant a mistrial and a change of venue. Opening statements are scheduled to follow shortly afterward in the trial of the former Ku Klux Klansman charged in a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls.

A jury of ten whites and six blacks was chosen earlier today. The 16 jurors, including four alternates, were selected from a pool of 34 whites and 19 blacks for the trial of ex-Klansman Thomas Blanton Junior. The jury, eight white women, two white men, three black women and three black men -- appeared to be mostly middle-aged and older. The alternates will not be known until deliberations begin.

Garrett sent the 16 members of the jury home this afternoon to pick up clothes and essentials for the duration of the trial, which could last two weeks or more. The jury will be sequestered beginning tonight.

The 62-year-old Blanton is charged with murder in the September 15th, 1963 bombing at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. The dynamite blast on a Sunday morning killed 11-year-old Denise McNair and 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson.