PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - Jury selection is under way in the capital murder trial of a man charged with fatally shooting an Arkansas police officer last year.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for 38-year-old Jerry Lard, who they say killed Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt in April 2011 following a traffic stop.
The Jonesboro Sun reports that the court summoned 180 Greene County residents for possible service on the jury. Half of them will be questioned through Wednesday.
The judge overseeing the case instructed the other 90 people to check in with the circuit clerk's office late Wednesday to find out if they're needed.
The trial is expected to last into next week.
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