Jury selected in trial of first suspect in 2012 Ensley quintuple - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Jury selected in trial of first suspect in 2012 Ensley quintuple homicide

Artavius Underwood booking photo from 2012. Source: Birmingham PD Artavius Underwood booking photo from 2012. Source: Birmingham PD
The home on Avenue S in Ensley where five people were killed in January 2012. Source: WBRC video The home on Avenue S in Ensley where five people were killed in January 2012. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The first defendant in a 2012 quintuple homicide in Ensley will stand trial starting on Monday.

A jury was struck just after 6 p.m. in the capital murder trial against Artavius Underwood. Eight men and 6 women will sit on the jury and opening statements will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Underwood's attorney, Emory Anthony, says that he has been pushing for a speedy trial but it has been delayed in part by some attorneys arguing that the defendants should not be charged with capital murder due to the fact that they were juveniles at the time of the alleged crime.

A judge ruled the men could be charged with capital murder in Alabama despite their ages at the time of the killings. Underwood was 16 at the time of the alleged crime.

Underwood, 19, is charged with capital murder in the deaths of five men inside an Ensley home in January 2012. Rashad Stoves and Reginald Mims will go on trial later this year.

Police say the three teens robbed the men at a home on Avenue S before killing them. All of the victims were shot execution-style, according to investigators.

At a preliminary hearing in 2012, police said that one of the other defendants named Underwood as one of the shooters. Underwood has pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

Anthony said on Monday that due to the high-profile nature of this case, it will be difficult to get an impartial jury.

"It will be interesting to try and get a fair jury. We're looking for individuals who have not made up their minds. That's going to be very important...that they are willing to listen to the facts and make a decision based on what the state of Alabama will present or what they won't present," Anthony said.

Anthony has filed a motion to supress parts of a statement Underwood gave to police at the time of his arrest. The judge has yet to rule on that motion but it could be key evidence in this case.

Reporter Melanie Posey will have a full report on Monday's proceedings during FOX6 News at 5 and 6. Watch on air, online at FoxAlabamaLive.com or through the WBRC News app.

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