Another motion to halt jury selection denied in trial of accused cop killer

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Grover Cannon, 31, was convicted of first -degree murder on November 20 in the August 5, 2015, death of Shreveport Police Officer Thomas LaValley. (Photo: Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office)

BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Defense attorneys for accused cop killer Grover Cannon late last week submitted another motion to try to halt Cannon’s 1st Degree Murder trial. 

Cannon is accused in the August 2015 shooting death of Shreveport Police Officer Thomas LaValley. 

This motion claimed jury selection violated Cannon’s constitutional rights to a fair and impartial jury because 18-to-25-year-olds were not included in the jury pool of 450 jurors called, meaning the pool was not a good cross section of East Baton Rouge voters. 

In the motion, the defense submitted statistics from the 2010 census, claiming 18-to-25-year-olds represented 21 percent of the population. 

According to court minutes, the motion was argued and denied. 

Earlier in the week, Cannon’s attorneys submitted a motion claiming the jury pool didn’t have enough African Americans on it because they claimed the jury pool had only 34 percent African Americans, while Baton Rouge has 46.5 percent African American residents.

Again, the motion was argued and denied.

The jury is being selected in Baton Rouge because the same attorneys who spent last week trying to prevent jury selection, fought to get a change of venue for jury selection claiming pre-trial publicity made it impossible to get a fair jury in Caddo Parish. 

Jury selection will resume at 9 a.m. Monday in Baton Rouge. 

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