Civil Rights Murder Trial Moves Forward

MARION, Ala. (AP)- 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 that happened 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, who now lives in Geneva county, is accused of shooting Jimmie Lee Jackson during a protest march that turned violent 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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