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BREAKING: Jury seated in McNabb/Bell trial
Case will be heard in Newton County
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Christopher Michael McNabb and Cortney Marie Bell

COVINGTON, Ga. - After a full day of jury selection, 12 jurors and two alternates have been chosen to hear the case of the parents accused of killing their 15-day-old daughter more than a year ago. The trial is scheduled to start with opening statements in front of Alcovy Judicial Circuit Chief Judge John M. Ott 9 a.m. Tuesday. 

A total of 48 people were interviewed Monday as part of the jury selection process. After excusing 12 of them, the final jury was selected. 

The jury is made up of six men and six women with ages ranging from 22 to 64. The alternates are also split, one being male and one being female. 

The jury will hear the case against Christopher Michael McNabb and Cortney Marie Bell presented by Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney Layla Zon and Assistant District Attorney Alex Stone. 

McNabb is represented by Anthony Carter, chief public defender for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. Bell is represented by Bryan Frost, who was appointed as the conflict attorney. 

McNabb faces charges of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, murder in the second degree, aggravated battery, first-degree cruelty to children, second-degree cruelty to children and concealing the death of another. 

Bell faces charges of murder in the second degree, second-degree cruelty to children and contributing to the deprivation of a minor. 

During Monday's proceedings, Ott also denied Carter's change of venue motion.

"There was only one juror that was excused for cause of pre-trial publicity, so I deny the motion of change of venue," he said. 

Ott also ordered that McNabb would wear a shock belt during the entirety of the trial to ensure the safety of the court. 

The Covington News will live stream the trial on its Facebook page