Some circumstances aren’t quite as easy because the child may be stealthy, Caswell said. They might know how to place the cookie jar lid back on just right and not leave any crumbs or chocolate anywhere, she said.
“Sometimes there’s no scientific evidence,” Caswell said, adding that the only eyewitnesses in this case are children.
Asked if they could determine whether someone was guilty just based on a child’s testimony, all of the potential jurors said yes. The victims in this case ranged in age from 5 to 16 at the time Pellebon was charged.
During a preliminary hearing last year in June, six female witnesses from ages 9 to 21 testified against Pellebon. The defendant was a social work professor at the university. He resigned in December 2011 shortly after he was charged.
As District Judge Tracy Schumacher read the list of people who could be called to testify, the list included a handful of victims and their family members, as well as some of Pellebon’s family members. The list also included several police officers and child care workers.
The trial will resume at 9 a.m. today in Schumacher’s courtroom at the Cleveland County Courthouse. Schumacher said defense will resume questioning potential jurors in the morning and a jury will be selected.