Jury selection begins for homicide case in Clinton County

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A quarter-century old homicide case began this morning in Clinton County.

The trial follows the disappearance of a central Pennsylvania woman whose body has never been found.

Jury selection began at 9:00 am on Tuesday morning at the Clinton County Courthouse.

“They’re going to have a hard time getting a jury selection cause everybody knows about it and I’m sure there’s biased opinions out there,” said Tina Simcox from Lock Haven.

Loyd Groves, 69, is charged with first and third-degree murder in the killing of 40-year-old Katherine Heckel.

According to officials, Heckel was last seen leaving for lunch from the former International Paper Company Mill in 1991.

Multiple witnesses have testified saying they saw Heckel take her lunch break with Groves the day she disappeared.

Although there’s no trace of Heckel’s body, Groves was identified as a suspect immediately because of an affair he was having with Heckel at the time.

Groves has been incarcerated at the Clinton County Correctional Facility since January of 2015.

Nearly 90 prospective jurors were told to report to the courthouse on Tuesday.

The process will continue through Friday, or until a jury of 12 and four alternatives is impaneled.

Prospective jurors are in the process of being interviewed by the judge.

“I just hope that the family finds justice and peace,” said Simcox.

Opening statements will begin next Monday.

The trial is expected to run into December.

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