Jury selection begins in capital murder case

Published 5:30 pm Monday, May 5, 2014

Jury selection began early Monday for a capital murder trial involving a Shelby man charged in a 2010 murder in Chilton County.

James Osgood, 44, is accused of killing 44-year-old Tracy Brown.

In October 2010, the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call about a possible death at a trailer park at the intersection of county roads 49 and 24 in Enterprise.

Osgood’s girlfriend, Tanya Vandyke, 43, of the Enterprise community is also facing capital murder charges involving the killing of Brown.

An investigation was conducted with the help of specialists from the Alabama Department of Forensics, and Osgood and Vandyke were arrested in 2010.

The trial is being held before Chilton County Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds.

Reynolds instructed the packed courtroom of prospective jurors Monday morning to not read up on the case if they are selected for the 14-member jury.

“I would caution you to stay off of the Internet, newspapers or television and only use the information you are provided from the witness stand,” Reynolds said to those who had received notice to appear for jury duty. “You have been selected for a week of criminal jury court. This is a special case, and 14 of you will be selected.”

Jury selection started shortly after 8:30 a.m.

Reynolds told those who were called for jury duty this week that it was their “duty, obligation and privilege” to be the voice of Chilton County.

“You get to decide who says what is right and what is wrong,” Reynolds said. “This is very important.”

The trial is expected to continue through the week.