Opening arguments expected in double-murder trial

Opening arguments are expected to begin today, in Clayton County Superior Court, in the case of two men accused in a pair of 2006 shooting deaths.

Jury selection ended late Tuesday afternoon, in the case before Chief Superior Court Judge Matthew Simmons.

The two co-defendants on trial -- Kevin Michael Brewington, 24, and Gary Hakeem Brown, 25 -- are accused of shooting to death Stanley Brown and Norris Degree on March 20, 2006, at the Cobblestone Flats apartments, located at 2445 Rex Road, in Ellenwood, according to a Clayton County Magistrate Court warrant application.

A third co-defendant, Tyrone Vincent Brown, 27, was scheduled to be tried this week as well, but his case was postponed after his attorney, Loletha Denise Hale, was held in contempt of court and jailed Monday.

Hale told Simmons that she was not prepared for trial, because she had not been properly compensated for the time she had already spent on the case, according to a court order.

Hale may be released from custody upon posting a bond of $5,000, the court order states. Hale was still being held in the Clayton County Jail Tuesday night, according to jail officials.

-- Linda Looney-Bond