Jury selection begins for man charged with 3-year-old son’s murder

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Details of the case are hard to stomach, and Monday, prosecutors and the defense started something not as gruesome, but possibly just as hard: selecting a jury in the case against Maurice Brown.

Police say he killed his 3-year-old son, Maurice, Jr., then dumped the boy’s body in the trash.

The case made headlines for weeks.

When the boy was just believed to be missing in July 2012, Brown made an emotional plea to find him.

“I’m hurting,” Brown had told WREG. “I’m hurting right now.”

Brown was arrested just a few days later.

The Shelby County District Attorney General’s office chose not to seek the death penalty, so the jury will only decide if Brown should spend the rest of his life in prison.

Monday, prosecutors and the defense asked potential jurors if they have ever been victims of violent crimes, if they understand the meaning of first degree murder and the difference between circumstantial and direct evidence.

As of 5 p.m., a jury had not been selected.

Regardless of what happens Monday evening, the jury would not be sworn in until Tuesday.


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