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Massive jury pool summoned for county mayor's theft trial

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi in court (Image: Hawaii News Now) Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi in court (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A theft case against Mayor Billy Kenoi is set to start Monday and 1,600 potential jurors have been summoned.

State Judiciary spokeswoman Tammy Mori told the Hawaii Tribune Herald that between 300 and 500 jurors are usually summoned for high-profile cases.

She said in an email that the goal is to ensure a fair and impartial jury is selected for the trial.

Jury selection could last two weeks.

Kenoi is charged with theft, tampering with public records and making a false statement under oath related to county credit card purchases.

A prosecutor said a lack of funds for personal purchases was an explanation for Kenoi's card use.

Attorney Todd Eddins says his client would not have donated thousands to the Hawaii Island United Way if he couldn't afford it.

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