- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - Jury selection has begun for the aggravated murder trial of a man accused of killing a Seattle police officer on Halloween five years ago.

A spokesman for the King County prosecutor’s office, Dan Donohoe, says a pool of potential jurors was brought to the Courthouse Friday. Opening statements aren’t expected until early January.

Christopher Monfort has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers have said they’ll argue he was insane.

Prosecutors say they’ll seek the death penalty if he’s convicted.

Monfort is accused of killing Officer Tim Brenton and wounding Officer Britt Sweeney on Oct. 31, 2009, as they sat in a patrol car.

Monfort was wounded by police about a week later during his arrest in Tukwila. He is paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair.



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