Jury selected in Thomas Fast trial; opening arguments Wednesday

rnapper@bradenton.comJuly 7, 2009 

BRADENTON — Thomas Fast told a judge he is comfortable with the jury he and his attorneys selected Tuesday after expressing in the past he wanted to represent himself in his first-degree murder trial because he is unsatisfied with his defense.

Before a jury of nine women and five men, two of whom are alternates, were sworn in Tuesday evening after two days of jury selection, Circuit Judge Gilbert Smith Jr. asked Fast if he felt comfortable with the jury chosen.

Fast said he did.

“I have had input and output in this process,” he said.

Smith also put on the record that he observed Fast helping his attorneys pick the jury.

Closing arguments are expected to begin first thing today with the state looking to prove Fast, 54, killed and dismembered his stepmother, 60-year-old Susan Fast, in 2007.

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