Thursday, July 17, 1997
Court TV prepares to tape trial

BY LISA DONOVAN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Vincent Doan
Vincent Doan

Carrie Culberson
Carrie Culberson

WILMINGTON, Ohio - The same cable network that brought the O.J. Simpson and Menendez brothers murder trials into the living rooms of millions is setting up shop in the Clinton County Courthouse this week.

A crew from the New York-based cable channel Court TV will tape the trial of Vincent Doan, charged with kidnapping and killing girlfriend Carrie Culberson in August. The proceedings will be aired at a later date.

The intrigue surrounding the capital case - in which a body has not been found - as well as requests from viewers convinced Court TV producers to show the trial.

"A case like this is a mystery . . . . There really is a question here," said Michael Christian, a senior field producer for Court TV. "There's a question of guilt, there's a question as to whether Carrie Culberson is really dead," Mr. Christian said.

Neither Ms. Culberson nor her red 1989 Honda CRX have been seen since Aug. 29, 1996, when Mr. Doan allegedly kidnapped and killed the 22-year-old woman in their hometown of Blanchester.

Mr. Doan, 24, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated murder and four counts of kidnapping. He is eligible for the death penalty.

The selection of 12 jurors and six alternates should conclude today or Friday. Opening arguments are slated to begin Monday.