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Baden-Clay jurors to be quizzed about bias

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Marissa Calligeros

Allison Baden-Clay.

Allison Baden-Clay. Photo: Supplied

Jurors in the upcoming murder trial of accused wife killer Gerard Baden-Clay will be asked whether they have ever expressed a view about the innocence or guilt of the former Brisbane real estate agent to detect any bias.

Before Justice John Byrne, Mr Baden-Clay is scheduled to face trial in Brisbane's Supreme Court  from June 10 charged with the murder of his wife Allison Baden-Clay. He is also charged with one count of unlawfully interfering with a corpse.

Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller QC told a pre-trial hearing on Monday the trial would likely hear from about 72 witnesses over three to four weeks.

The jury pool will be asked a series of questions, including whether they or a member of their immediate family lived in the Brookfield, Anstead, Bellbowrie or Chapel Hill areas at the time of Mrs Baden-Clay’s death in April 2012 and whether they have ever attended a fundraising event, or contributed to a fund connected to the late mother of three.

They will also be asked whether they have ever expressed a view about the innocence or guilt of Mr Baden-Clay.

Jurors were polled in a similar manner prior to the trials of Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel and Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Peter Cowan, such is the nature of the high-profile case.

Mrs Baden-Clay, 43, was found dead on the banks of Kholo Creek at Anstead, 10 days after she was reported missing from her Brookfield home.

Mr Baden-Clay, who will be represented by high-profile defence lawyers Peter Shields and Michael Byrne QC, will plead not guilty to the charges against him.

Mr Fuller and barrister Danny Boyle will represent the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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