JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The federal retrial is set to begin Monday morning for the man accused of gunning down a Jackson police officer and stealing his patrol car.
During Antonio Turner's first federal trial, he was convicted on three counts related to the armed robbery of a payday lending store on Highway 80.
But jurors were deadlocked on whether Turner pulled the trigger on Officer DeWayne Collier back in 2008, then stole his patrol car.
Collier, 41, survived three bullets, one of which struck him in the head. He was partially paralyzed, and now walks with a cane.
During the first federal trial, Turner's co-defendant, Cornelius Black, signed a plea agreement in exchange for his testimony against Turner. And prosecutors showed jurors a taped confession, in which Turner admitted to shooting Collier. But the defense questioned the tactics used by officers to get that confession.
Prosecutors also revealed a substance appearing to be gunshot residue was found on both Turner's hands. But the defense tried to prove a third man was involved in the robbery, and pulled the trigger.
For Turner's retrial, jurors were selected from Gulfport because of pretrial publicity.
Leaders in the Jackson police department said the timing of the retrial is eerie in light of the recent shooting death of another Jackson police officer, Glen Agee.
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