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March 6, 2021
Large Jury Pool Planned For 1965 Ala. Death Case
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - 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.

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