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A jury selected Monday in a Rusk County murder trial might get sent home today (Tuesday).

Circuit Judge Frederick Henderson is thinking about moving the trial out of Ladysmith because all of the 14 jurors and alternates said they knew at least a little about the case.


Harry John Rogers, 55, is charged with shooting Robert Pfeil Jr., 27, to death in 1979.

Authorities said Rogers and two brothers were recruited as hit men by another brother, the late Rusk County District Attorney Robert Rogers.

The district attorney apparently thought Pfeil was out to kill him, because he ordered sheriff's deputies to kill some of Pfeil's dogs.

Harry John Rogers pleaded no contest earlier, and was sent to prison for life.

He was granted a new trial because the plea bargain he signed was ruled legally insufficient.

Attorneys spent all day yesterday picking a jury from 58 candidates.

Judge Henderson says he'll announce today if he'll toss out the process, and move the trial which is expected to run for about a week.