James Brock, accused of the October 2009 double homicide of a man and woman, waived his right to have a jury trial and opted instead to have his case decided by a judge alone.
Brock, 24, faces charges in connection with the shooting deaths of Tyesha A. McNair, the mother of his two children, and Terence J. Clark, both 21. If convicted, Brock would face life imprisonment.
Brock chose Monday morning to have Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters hear his case instead of 12 jurors.
“It was a right that I advised him not to exercise,” said defense attorney Shevon Sutcliffe Thomas, who represents Brock. “I prefer a jury trial.”
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Thomas and Senior Assistant District Attorney LaRae Moore delivered their opening statements Monday. The trial will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Clark was discovered in the parking lot in front of 5224 Crystal Court Apt. B. He had multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and arm, reports state. McNair was in the living room of Apt. D with multiple gunshot wounds to her head.