- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Defense attorneys are looking for jurors in Stearns County who can be impartial to Brian Fitch, the man accused of killing a police officer in Dakota County.

Jury selection began Monday in St. Cloud in Fitch’s murder trial.

A survey commissioned by Fitch’s attorneys found 83 percent of 265 potential jurors in Dakota County thought the defendant was probably or definitely guilty. The St. Paul Pioneer Press (https://bit.ly/1yaEzgg ) says nearly every respondent had a negative opinion of Fitch. That’s why the trial has been moved to Stearns County.

The 40-year-old Fitch is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Mendota Heights Officer Scott Patrick. The 47-year-old officer was killed during a traffic stop in West St. Paul last July. Fitch is also accused of firing at officers who were trying to arrest him later that day.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, https://www.twincities.com


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