Prospective jurors in a Los Angeles dog mauling death trial will be quizzed on their life experiences with dogs.
The questioning will focus on the relationship of people and their animals and whether a pet owner can be found guilty of murder when their dog kills.
The gruesome death of 33 year old college lacrosse coach Diane Whipple in her San Francisco apartment building last year inflamed passions so much there that the trial was moved some 350 miles south to avoid prejudice.
Attorneys Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, owners of the 125 and 110 pound Presa Canario dogs involved in the attack, have made public statements accusing the victim of provoking the attacks and portraying their animals as blameless. Opening statements in the case are scheduled to begin February 19th.