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Jury picked to decide Dugan's sentencing
By Christy Gutowski | Daily Herald Staff

Brian James Dugan


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Published: 10/2/2009 12:04 AM

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The 12 people who will decide if convicted killer Brian Dugan lives or dies for the 1983 murder of a Naperville schoolgirl have been selected.

The final four members of the seven-woman, five-man panel were sworn in Thursday, the seventh day of a jury selection in which about 80 people were questioned.

Lawyers return today to the DuPage County courtroom to finish picking four alternates, clearing the way for the start Tuesday of the long-awaited death penalty sentencing hearing.

Dugan, 53, pleaded guilty two months ago to the abduction, rape and murder of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico of Naperville on Feb. 25, 1983.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Dugan, imprisoned for life since 1985 after he admitted committing two other sex slayings after Jeanine's murder, while he still was free.

His jurors said they lack strong personal death penalty beliefs and have minimal knowledge about the long Nicarico legal saga, in which two other men spent years on death row before their 1995 exonerations.

The panel includes a male Naperville veteran who has a Purple Heart; a male Glen Ellyn CEO of a health-care company; a male Naperville computer programmer; a female Naperville HR assistant; a female Lombard administrative assistant; and a young male Addison network administrator who described himself as intellectually smart but lacking much street savvy.

Also on the jury are a male retired Carol Stream stockbroker; a female Woodridge banker who is a local politician; a female Darien Walmart supervisor; two 58-year-old women - one is a school secretary and the other works in the medical field; and a female financial clerk whose relatives include a judge and cop. The panel has an average age of about 53.