DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Jury selection began Monday morning for the man accused of killing Virginia State Trooper Junius Walker more than three years ago.
Russell Brown is accused of shooting and killing Walker on the side of Interstate 85 back in March of 2013 in Dinwiddie County. On Monday the defense said it does not dispute that Brown killed Walker, although they do plan on entering an insanity plea.
Monday’s session began with the defense request the judge continue the trial once again due to recent violence involving police officers. The defense argued that the recent events could lead to jury members developing a negative bias against Brown.
The 2013 incident began when Walker approached a car stopped on the side of the interstate to see if the driver needed assistance. That’s when police say the driver, believed to be Russell Brown, opened fire before running into the woods and tearing off his clothes. According to Brown’s lawyer, he claims God made him kill Walker.
Brown’s state of mind will also be a significant factor in the case after he was found incompetent to stand trial in 2014. It has since been determined he is competent enough to go to trial.
Brown is now facing eight felony charges, including capital murder.
The jury selection is expected to take multiple days and the trial is scheduled for four weeks, although the prosecution does not expect it to last that long.
8News will be there when the trial begins.