Jury selection began today (03-19-09) in the capital murder trial of a Van Buren man accused of killing a state trooper.
It was four years ago that Lance Shockley allegedly gunned down Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Sergeant Carl DeWayne Graham Jr. in the driveway of his home as he returned home from work.
Prosecutors say that Shockley killed Graham because he was the driver of a vehicle that killed the fiancee of his wife's sister and believed an arrest was imminent.
A jury is being selected in Carter County and imported to Howell County for the trial.
Prosecutors are scheduled to make opening statements in the trial on Monday (03-23-09.)