Cop shooter, carjacker retrial begins. - - Jackson, MS

Cop shooter, carjacker retrial begins.

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The re-trial for the man accused of gunning down a Jackson Police Officer while fleeing a robbery will begin next week.

Thursday, jury selection is being held on the coast for the Antonio Turner trial. He was charged in the 2008 shooting and carjacking of J.P.D. Officer Dewayne Collier. The jury from this trial is being selected from a pool from the Gulfport area, due to pre-trial publicity.

Last year, Turner was convicted on three counts for the robbery of the Payday Lending store on highway 80. Jurors were deadlocked on the carjacking and shooting of officer Collier.

The 41-year-old patrolman survived three bullets, one of which struck him in the side of the head.  He was partially paralyzed, but has regained his ability to walk with a cane.

Leaders in the Jackson Police Department say a guilty verdict would provide closure for Collier and his family, and the department.

Assistant Chief Lee Vance says, "I think it would be very important not only for officer Collier but for the police department for the citizens of the city, it's really eerie talking about his retrial in light of what happened last week it further illustrates what a dangerous profession we have embarked on."

Antonio turners trial is set to start at 9 a-m Monday morning.

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