Fourteen jurors, two of them alternates, were impaneled Thursday in the case of two Baton Rouge men accused in the December 2007 killing of two LSU graduate students from India.
State District Judge Chip Moore gave jurors Friday off.
Opening statements and testimony are set to begin Monday.
Alleged triggerman Casey Jermaine Gathers, 25, and Michael Jermaine Lewis, 24, each are charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the slaying of Kiran Kumar Allam, 33, and Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma, 31. They face automatic sentences of life in prison if convicted as charged.
Allam, a chemistry student from Hyderabad, India, and Komma, a biology student from Kurnool, India, were found dead Dec. 13, 2007, inside Allam’s Edward Gay apartment on the north side of LSU’s campus.
Both men were shot in the head and one was bound. Allam’s then-pregnant wife discovered the bodies.
A third defendant, Devin Jamell Parker, 24, also of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty in June 2011 to armed robbery and accessory charges in the case and agreed to testify against his co-defendants. He is set to be sentenced Oct. 21.
Parker was indicted on second-degree murder charges in September 2008, four months after he, Gathers and Lewis were arrested. Gathers and Lewis were indicted in July 2011.