You report for jury duty and are brought into the courtroom. The case being called for trial is a criminal case. The judge introduces the attorneys, reviews the charges against the defendant and reads the names of possible witnesses. You do not recognize anyone involved but are soon given an explanation — the alleged offense occurred in another county. Why is this case being tried in your county?
The surveillance video showed how the tragedy played out. On the evening of Jan. 6, 2010, two men wearing masks entered the Seward Market in South Minneapolis. One of the men pulled a gun, directed everyone in the store to lie on the floor and demanded money from the clerk. Another customer then entered the store, disrupting the robbery. Shots were fired and moments later the two men fled from the scene. When the police arrived they found three men dead.
The caller ID on the phone indicated that the call was from the doctor’s office. We had been anxiously awaiting the call. The mammogram had revealed a spot that concerned the doctors and a biopsy had been performed. We were waiting for the results. I had assumed that if the news was good that we would be informed right away to put our minds at ease. We were told, however, that we had an appointment with a surgeon the next day. We knew what that meant.