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Jury set in trial for woman charged in Rochester bus stop deaths

Posted at 2:41 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 18:08:36-04

ROCHESTER — Alyssa Shepherd is accused of driving past the stop arm of a school bus in Fulton County and killing three children.

In October 2018, Shepherd's pick-up truck hit and killed 6-year-old twins, Mason and Xavier Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl. She is facing three counts of reckless homicide, criminal recklessness resulting in bodily injury and one count of passing a school bus when an arm signal device was was extended. After the incident, she told police she did not realize she was approaching a stopped school bus.

On Tuesday, six men, six women and two alternate jurors were selected, according to WROI Giant FM.

Hearings in the trial are expected to officially start on Wednesday, according to WROI Giant FM. The judge expects the trial to conclude on Friday.

Sheriff deputies were out in front of the courthouse Tuesday morning to make sure no one took cell phones into the court room so there will be no pictures or recordings from inside the court room during Shepherd's trial.

Because RTV6 was not in the court room, we don't know if the family of the victims were inside for the jury selection. However, 15 seats are reserved for the families and ten seats are reserved for Shepherd's family.

Since the tragedy occurred there have been some big changes in Indiana in regards to school bus safety. For one, all buses are required to have cameras on the stop arm and kids are no longer allowed to cross state highways to get on the bus.

If convicted, Shepherd faces 21 years in prison.