WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Coroner's inquest into the shooting death of a burglar by a Walla Walla store owner is now underway. The owner was never charged, but all that may change once the inquest is complete.
An inquest is not a trial, and the decision is not legally binding but it is an opportunity for the public to finally hear all the facts surrounding this case. in this case, family and friends of Cesar Chavira Junior want to know why the owner of the New York Store Western Outfitters, John Saul was never charged for the shooting on May 4th.
Monday's process began with a jury selection, from 48 people down to eight, including two alternates.Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel is acting as judge, because he is not from Walla Walla and has been part of an inquest before.
The family of Cesar Chavira attended the proceeding as well, and was demanding justice.
"It's not ok to steal I understand that. But this company or this store has insurance. They can cover anything they lost, but who is going to insure my son? Who is going to bring my son back? nobody," said his mother Camerin Alejandre.
The inquest is expected to take two days. Thursday, they will hear from witnesses, and expect a decision to be made.
That decision will be forwarded to the Walla Walla County Prosecutor, Jim Nagel, who will decide whether this changes their decision to not charge Saul. This story is developing.