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Elizabeth Johnson's lawyer gives insight into trial

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Thursday marks the first day in the kidnapping and custodial interference trial of Elizabeth Johnson. Johnson ran off with her son, Gabriel, just after Christmas 2009. Gabriel hasn't been seen since.

Johnson's case is arguably one of the most high profile we've seen recently. Her lawyer, Marc Victor, said it was tough to find an impartial jury.

"We all had a goal of getting a jury that was fair. And I think we accomplished that," Victor said.

[CBS5AZ.com is scheduled to carry live video streaming coverage every day of the trial.]

In the end 15 people were chosen, nine men and six women. Three of them will eventually be alternates, but all will spend the next month or so listening to the facts of the case.

"Look, there may be issues that come up in this case that make them upset with Elizabeth Johnson, they may not like Elizabeth Johnson. I got all of them to agree to put that aside and decide this case based on the fact and evidence provided in court," Victor said.

Speaking of the facts, Victor said Johnson's missing baby isn't relevant.

"That's the issue everybody wants to know, where's baby Gabriel. That's not going to be resolved in this case. This case is not about that issue," Victor said.

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Thursday morning starts with opening statements. Victor said the prosecution will take about a half hour, maybe a little longer. Victor said he expects to speak for about 20 minutes.

Johnson's ex-boyfriend and Gabriel's father, Logan McQueary, will take the stand Monday.

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