Louisiana High Court orders hearing, but not stay, in accused cop-killer trial

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(KTAL/KMSS) As jury selection begins its third week on Monday in the 1st degree murder trial of accused cop killer Grover Cannon in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Supreme Court has directed another hearing on a defense motion to stop jury selection.

The court did not, however, issue a stay or a pause in jury selection.

Cannon is accused in the August 5, 2015 shooting death of Shreveport Police Officer Thomas LaValley, when he responded to a suspicious person call.

The motion asked that jury selection be stopped because there were no candidates younger than 26 in the 450-member jury pool summoned.

The motion was submitted, argued in open court and denied on March 29. The defense then appealed the decision to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. On April 2nd, they upheld the trial court judge’s ruling.

The defense then went to the Supreme Court, who on Friday, ordered the additional hearing.

This was the second motion in which the defense has tried to stop jury selection over what they claim is unfairness. The first motion, submitted on Friday before jury selection was to begin on Monday, concerned what the defense claimed was racial disparity.

That motion, argued on March 25th, the first day of the trial, also was denied by the trial court, a decision upheld by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Jan. 14, 2019, the day the trial was to begin, the defense successfully argued for a change of venue for jury selection, and East Baton Rouge Parish stepped up. Both the defense and the prosecution agreed to select jurors from that venue and bring them back to Shreveport for the trial.
 

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