Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh is questioning individual jurors, excusing those with a personal hardship, those who show bias or others who show a valid reason to be dismissed. Garsh is conducting the questioning out of the public's hearing, so it's not known why she is excusing some and keeping others in the pool.
Once the court has found a few dozen potential qualified jurors, it will allow lawyers on each side to excuse 18 without giving a reason. The process will be over once they've seated 18 jurors. Six will be alternates, but they won't know who's who until immediately before deliberations begin.