MARION, Ala. (AP)- A judge in Marion says he will call four times the normal number of potential jurors for the trial of a former state trooper charged with murder during a civil rights demonstration 43 years ago.
Circuit Judge Tommy Jones told attorneys during a court hearing Friday that he will call 600 potential jurors for the trial next month of James Bonard Fowler.
Fowler is accused of shooting Jimmie Lee Jackson during a demonstration that turned chaotic in Marion on Feb. 18, 1965.
Jackson died later at a Selma hospital.
Fowler's attorneys had asked to have the trial moved out of the town where historical markers honor Jackson as a martyr of the civil rights movement.
The judge said he will rule after the questioning of potential jurors begins Oct. 20.