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UPDATE: Jury selection begins in trial of LR ex-officer

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LITTLE ROCK- A high profile trial begins. Little Rock officer Josh Hastings was called to a burglary in progress last August. He shot and killed one of the suspects, 15 year old Bobby Moore. Hastings has since been fired and charged with manslaughter. This week he will testify in his own defense. Hastings has said Moore tried to run him over with a car after the officer responded to a report of cars being broken into at an apartment complex.

Jury selection started Monday, June 17 at about 2 p.m. The trial is scheduled until Thursday but Judge Wendell Griffen warned would-be jurors it could last into Friday. More than 100 potential jurors spent several hours answering Judge Griffen's questions.

So far people have been excused because of scheduling conflict; they've already formed an opinion in the case, have a relative who was a victim of a homicide or know one of the roughly two dozen people testifying.

Hastings will take the stand. Evidence like a gun found in the stolen car Moore was driving has been barred by Judge Griffin.

Hastings Attorney, Bill James says, "We're confident that once the jury hears the facts of this case they're going to find that Officer Hastings acted reasonable. We understand the Judge's ruling. We are going to abide by it and I think we're okay I think the jurors will understand he acted reasonably under the circumstances."

By a 3:30 p.m. break, the process had not yet reached the point where lawyers were allowed to individually question potential jurors.

Josh Hastings dad, Captain Terry Hastings with the Little Rock Police Department and Bobby Moore's mom Sylvia Perkins are on the list of possible people to testify.

The State's attorney representing Bobby Moore says he will not comment until the trial is over.

This week jurors have to decide whether or not Josh Hastings recklessly caused Bobby Moores death.

 

 

 

 

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