HILLSBORO, Ore. — Washington County Judge Rick Knapp set the stage for the trial of Cynthia Garcia Cisneros. The 18-year-old woman is accused of running over 6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and her 11-year-old stepsister Abigail Robinson back in October as the girls were playing in a pile of leaves after dark across the street from their house.
During final pre-trial motions, the judge agreed on an expert witness psychologist and her role in the trial. He also decided that the jury could see pictures of Anna and Abby playing in the leaves, but not of them injured or dead.
Judge Knapp also ruled that the 9-1-1 tape would be played for the jury at the beginning of the trial saying he felt it was relevant and would not prejudice the jury against Cisneros. Defense Attorney Steven Levy hoped the tape would be tossed out because it would evoke the jury’s emotions.
Jury selection began this afternoon. The judge expected that to be a little more difficult because the case has been highly publicized.