NEWS
10/12/2011 05:20 EDT | Updated 12/12/2011 05:12 EST

Ten jurors selected for family murder trial; bodies found in car in canal

KINGSTON, Ont. - Ten jurors have been selected in Kingston, Ont., in the murder trial of a Montreal couple and their adult son accused of killing members of their own family.

Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 41, her husband Mohammad Shafia, 58, and their son, Hamed Mohammad Shafia, 20.

The family members are each charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

Three teenage Shafia sisters, Zainab, 19, Sahari, 17, and Geeti, 13, along with Rona Amir Mohammad, 50, were found dead inside a submerged car discovered in June 2009 in the Rideau Canal.

Twelve jurors and two alternates must be selected before the trial can get underway, but a fixed date of Oct. 20 has been set for the opening.

The trial, which is expected to last three months, has drawn a lot of publicity, and prompted a massive pool of 1,050 people who were sent jury summons.