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Jury selection for first-degree murder trial still underway

BY ABIGAIL MEIER | NOVEMBER 14, 2013 5:00 AM

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After two days of deliberations, jury selection remains underway for a man charged with first-degree murder following a 2012 shooting.

Brandon Brown, 28, is accused of shooting 30-year-old Donelle Lindsey on June 21, 2012. Brown allegedly shot Lindsey in the chest numerous times at a close range after an argument ensued near the intersection of Mormon Trek and Melrose Avenue.

Later that night, Lindsey was pronounced dead after being transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Brown later left Iowa City; he was arrested on Aug. 21, 2012, at a friend’s house in South Holland, Ill.

Sarah Hradek, who regularly serves as a Linn County public defender and is now representing Brown, ended the day by asking questions concerning the race of the jury. With Brown, an African American, facing a large majority of jurors who are white, Hradek said they will return to “uncomfortable territory” today.

The court will continue jury selection today at 9 a.m. in the Johnson County Courthouse. Sixth District Judge Marsha Bergen said she hopes the jury will be selected by the end of the day today.


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