150 jurors to be considered in trial of man accused of spreading HIV

Photo of Isiah Benford provided by Vigo County Jail on June 22, 2015. (WTHI photo)

 VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – A high profile trial is set to begin in Vigo County on August 15.

Isiah Benford stands accused of knowingly spreading HIV for more than a decade. Benford faces 27-criminal counts ranging from aggravated battery to failure to warn his partners of his positive status, which is called “duty to warn.”

The charges are based on accusations from seven different women who claim Benford gave them HIV, one has developed AIDS.

Benford is scheduled to go to trial on August 15 for the five charges alleged by “Partner D.”

According to court documents, a pool of 150 potential jurors will be considered. Fifty will report for duty at 9 a.m. on the morning of Monday August 15. Another 50 will report later that same afternoon. If a jury is not seated, the last 50 will be called on August 16.

Benford will face separate trials for each alleged victim.

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