NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Potential jurors in the trial of a former Rutgers student accused of using a webcam to spy on a roommate who later committed suicide will learn the name of the other man seen in the video.
A judge on Friday decided the man’s name will be on a list of potential witnesses on a questionnaire jurors will fill out. Attorneys customarily provide the lists to ensure no potential juror knows a potential witness.
The man has only been publicly identified by his initials. Defendant Dharun Ravi attended the pre-trial conference in New Brunswick.
Ravi allegedly used a webcam to watch his roommate, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, have an intimate encounter with another man in their dorm room in Sept. 2010. Prosecutors said the video was then streamed live in an Internet chat room.
Clementi later jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.
In October of last year, the man known only as M.B., told a judge in a written statement he feared his name will leak out to the public if it is released to jurors.
Ravi has pleaded not guilty to 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation.
Jury selection is set for Feb. 17 and the trial is expected to start by early March.
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