WARREN - More than 150 potential jurors are expected to crowd the hallways of Trumbull County Courthouse on Monday when jury selection is set to start in the capital murder case of Louis Mann, a Warren man accused of killing his parents two years ago.
Attorneys in the case estimate that seating a panel of 12 and an undisclosed number of alternates could take up to two weeks.
Mann - married and the father of two - tearfully confessed Sept. 30, 2011, to Warren detectives that he shot his father and strangled his mother a day or so earlier. He told authorities that killing his father followed 30 years of pent-up rage.
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Defendant Louis Mann listens to testimony during a hearing in March in Judge W. Wyatt McKay’s courtroom.
Police from Warren and Howland arrested Mann in a Capri Motel room in Howland with a woman he met the day before.
The statement he gave to police was the subject of a suppression hearing held by Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay in March when officers testified that Mann showed no signs of slurring his words; no glassy eyes; nothing that made them think he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The woman in the motel room with Mann said she smoked crack cocaine with him the same day he's accused of murdering his parents, stealing their 1982 Cadillac, credit cards and picking up the 27-year-old woman to ''party'' in a Mahoning Avenue N.W. motel.
Later that night, Mann took the woman back to his parents' Jefferson Street S.W. home and showed her the bodies.
At one point the next day Mann reportedly fell asleep at a pizza shop before checking into the Capri. It's there that Howland police spotted the Cadillac and found Mann in bed with the woman.
Police said they found crack cocaine and paraphernalia in the room.
According to a coroner's report, Philip J. Mann Sr., 59, died from blunt cranial trauma and multiple gunshot wounds to the head. The coroner also ruled that Philip Mann's wife, Frances M. Mann, 53, died of ligature strangulation.
Investigators found the couple's bodies in the living room of their home, where they were letting Louis Mann stay, four days after he was released from jail on other charges.
Louis Mann then visited his wife in Trumbull County Jail and confessed to her. That confession was leaked to authorities before the Cadillac was spotted at the Capri, and the confession is what the detectives say amounted to their probable cause to arrest the suspect.
The court sent out about 400 subpoenas for jury duty for the case, including some who have died or moved away. About 155 people qualified to serve after excuses were granted for age, health and economic hardships.
The 33-year-old Mann could face the death penalty if found guilty.
After Monday, lawyers plan to question 10 to 12 perspective jurors per day for their views on the death penalty, among other topics.