Inquest to begin jury selection


— Jury selection for the inquest into the shooting death of Cesar Chavira, 24, will begin Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Walla Walla Police Station.

Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood called for the inquest in late July to publicly review the facts in the shooting, which took place May 4 and prompted several community protests.

According to police, New York Store owner John Saul fired multiple rounds from a 12-gauge shotgun after Chavira broke into the western-wear store, where Saul also lives, in the early morning hours of May 4.

Attorney’s for Saul and Chavira’s family will attend the inquest where information from a Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the shooting will be presented. The six-person jury will be charged with ruling on the facts of the case.

Six jurors and two alternates will be chosen from the jury pool Wednesday morning, and the inquest will begin at 1:30 p.m. The inquest is open to the public, though spaces is limited to 30 people. Tickets will be given on a first-come-first-served basis on Wednesday.

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin website will feature live coverage of the inquest. Starting Wednesday morning, visit


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