MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Jury selection began Monday for one of the three defendants in the deadly December 2013 Centennial Hill Bar and Grill shooting, formerly known as the Rose Supper Club.
Several people were shot and three were killed, including local rapper Glenn Thomas, or Doe B, who was on the verge of becoming a household industry name.
Monday, defendant Darius Thomas faced a panel of nearly fifty potential jurors that will determine his fate.
Thomas is charged with capital murder of two or more people for the deaths of Glenn Thomas, known as Doe B, and Kimberle Johnson, reckless murder for the death of Timnarious Hamilton, three counts of first-degree assault for reportedly discharging a weapon inside the club striking Clarence Young Jr, Keldric Landon, and Ferro Bennett, and two counts of murder for the deaths of Thomas and Johnson.
In 2014 investigators said Thomas was upset with Doe B for refusing to get him into the club that night.
During Monday's jury selection several potential jurors said they knew the victims and the defendants, others said they were a fan of Doe B's music.
Another potential juror stated she went to church with Timnarious Hamilton's mother. When asked if she could remain fair and impartial, the potential juror teared up, stating, "I don't know".
The victim's mothers were in the courtroom during jury selection, and were visibly emotional at times as prosecutors questioned the venire. Death penalty will not be an option for sentencing if Thomas is convicted.
Defendants Jason McWilliams and Taboris Mock are also charged in deadly shootings, but will be tried separately. All three defendants were scheduled for trials this week on Judge Greg Griffin's docket. No word when the remaining two jury selections will be held.