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Jury selection begins in double murder trial

Photo by Kathy Jefcoats
Clayton County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Bill Dixon (standing) confers with the defense team of Deborah Leslie and Morris Fair. To the right is defendant Christopher Bradshaw.

Photo by Kathy Jefcoats Clayton County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Bill Dixon (standing) confers with the defense team of Deborah Leslie and Morris Fair. To the right is defendant Christopher Bradshaw.

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — Jury selection began Monday afternoon in Clayton County Superior Court in the double murder trial of a College Park man.

Christopher Antwon Bradshaw, 27, and Michael Lewis Boykin Jr., 19, are being held in the Clayton County Jail on murder and other felonies related to the June 25, 2011, shooting deaths of teenagers. Police charged the two after finding Devonta Emon Stembridge, 18, and Dion Brice, 16, shot to death at Yorktowne Condominiums on Yorktown Drive.

Attorneys successfully got the two cases severed so only Bradshaw will be on trial this week, said Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Katie Powers. Powers said Boykin is expected to testify against Bradshaw. The trial is expected to last several days.

Deborah Leslie is Bradshaw's defense attorney.

Pre-trial motions were heard before jury selection begins. Once a jury is seated, opening statements will begin.

The trial is being held in Chief Judge Deborah Benefield's courtroom.

Police allege the two men killed the teenagers during a marijuana transaction. They face nine felonies including two counts each of aggravated assault, felony murder and malice murder. Both men have pleaded not guilty and face life in prison if convicted.