Jury seated in Josh Hastings manslaughter trial
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - The men and women who will decide the fate of a former Little Rock police officer accused of manslaughter have been chosen.
After nearly two full days, the jury in the Josh Hastings manslaughter trial was seated Tuesday afternoon, but not without dispute. Twelve jurors were seated earlier in the day but before they could be sworn in, the prosecution learned one of them knew a member of the victim's family as well as a member of Hastings' family.
That juror was dismissed at the last second over the objection of defense attorney Bill James.
The final makeup of the jury includes nine women and three men. None of them are African-American. Both of the alternates are white women.
Hastings shot and killed 15-year-old Bobby Moore last August. At the time, Hastings was a police officer responding to a call and Moore was a burglar. Hastings says he fired at Moore because he was trying to run him over but investigators say that story doesn't add up.
Hastings was fired from the Little Rock Police Department and is charged with manslaughter.
Opening statements are slated to begin at 9:00 Wednesday morning.