Jury choice set for Huntsville officer’s homicide trial | Govt. & Politics

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – The jury selection is due to come on Monday in the trial of an Alabama police officer who was shot for the murder of a man who called the police and told them he was suicidal.

Officer William Darby is accused of shooting Jeffrey Parker outside his home on April 3, 2018 after Parker called the police. Darby was the third officer on the scene and fired while Parker held a gun to his head, authorities said.

A Huntsville Police Department shooting testing committee found Darby had acted within the department’s guidelines, but a Madison County grand jury sued him.

The defense claims the murder was justified as Parker refused to drop his gun.

WAAY-TV reports that the public prosecutor’s office has announced that it will be drawing from a jury pool of 60 people.

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