Lawyers selected 12 jurors and two alternates yesterday to hear the case against an Ellicott City teen accused of fatally poisoning a classmate last year by spiking his soda with cyanide.
Seven men and five women were chosen to hear the case, which is expected to last more than a week. The two alternate jurors are men. Opening statements are scheduled to begin this morning in Howard County Circuit Court.
Ryan T. Furlough, 19, is charged with first-degree murder in the January 2003 death of his friend and Centennial High School classmate Benjamin Edward Vassiliev. Vassiliev, 17, died Jan. 8 last year -- five days after he went into seizures while playing video games at Furlough's home in the 3500 block of Rhode Valley Trail.