Jury Trial Begins for Man Accused of Selling Bath Salts

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The trial for a man accused of selling bath salts at an adult store in Harrisonburg began in federal court on Monday.

Jeremy King faces charges for his alleged role in a drug ring.

The two others who faced charges have pleaded guilty.

Augustus Julias and Matthew Comer both admitted to their roles in selling bath salt, but King faces a trial.

Federal Judge Michael Urbanski started questioning 40 potential jurors around 9:50 a.m. on Monday.

Roland Santos is the attorney representing King, who worked for Julias, the owner of Pamela's Secrets.

King is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute bath salts.

According to the statement of facts in Julius' case, law enforcement found 300 grams of bath salts inside of Pamela's Secrets.

The federal judge asked if potential jurors had law enforcement in the family, which brought a handful of people forward.

The judge also questioned them to see if there were any preconceived opinions about bath salts.

Six people had previously served on juries.

The judge also asked how people would be influenced if this trial were to last a week, so it doesn't look like this is something that will be wrapped up in a few days.

The next step after the judge questions the potential members is for the U.S. attorneys and the defense to come forward with notes they've taken and ask more questions.

According to the Federal Judicial Center, there are usually 12 jurors with alternates in federal cases.


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