Tuesday morning, a jury of 7 women and 5 men were seated in the trial of Richard Klein. Both the prosecution and the defense made opening statements in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court. Assistant Prosecutor, Bob Smith described the death of the Klein’s two boys as a human tragedy that could have been avoided and told the jury that he’s confident Klein and his wife failed to exercise standard care for their children.
"The deaths of these two boys could have been avoided, had the defendant and the boys’ natural mother used common sense and upheld their responsibilities as adult parents to protect these two little boys from harm," said Smith.
As one of Klein’s attorney’s gave the defenses opening statement to the jurors, she said they agree with many aspects of what the prosecution said, but said they will focus on the facts and said the defense is confident that they will find him not guilty.
"He immediately let them search his tents, his van, he answered all their questions, he took them back to his house, he broke into his house to let them in because he forgot his keys back at the campsite. All of this without being under arrest, just to help the police in their investigation in order to find these boys and figure out what happened," said Klein’s attorney.
The prosecution also brought in four witnesses to the stand which included investigators on the scene the day the two boys went missing and from witnesses who helped search for them. The trial will resume Wednesday morning.