Jury selection underway in Hoyle embezzlement case

Jan. 15, 2013 @ 08:41 AM

Jury selection began Monday morning in Rutherford County Superior Court in the trial of Scott Hoyle, 48, of Rutherfordton.

Hoyle, the former public works director for the Town of Forest City, faces 12 felonies regarding embezzlements from the town.

Jury selected was slowed down Monday after 20 members of the jury selection pool failed to show up, said Clerk of Court Robyn Spence. She said presiding Superior Court Judge Gary Gaveus of Avery County, ordered a show cause for the 20 potential jurors.

"We also have a pool of 57 potential jurors coming in tomorrow," Spence said. She said jury selection could possible go through Wednesday.

Representing Hoyle is Noell P. Tin from Charlotte. District Attorney Brad Greenway is the prosecutor for the state.

Forest City Police Chief Jay Jackson said Hoyle faces several multi-facted charges and officers will be testifying for the state.

Hoyle was hired by the Town of Forest City in June 2000 and resigned on Dec. 7, 2009.

After jury selection, the attorneys will make opening comments and testimony will resume. The case is expected to take most of the week.