PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - Jury selection is under way in the capital murder trial of a man accused of fatally shooting an Arkansas police officer last year.

A jury will likely be seated sometime Thursday in the trial of 38-year-old Jerry Lard. Nine jurors had been seated by Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Lard, who they say killed Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt in April 2011 following a traffic stop.

The Jonesboro Sun reports (

) that defense attorneys acknowledge Lard caused Schmidt's death, but argue he shouldn't be found guilty of capital murder because of mental disease or defect.

The trial in Greene County Circuit Court is expected to last into next week.

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