A man charged with two murders is scheduled for trial today.
James Brock, 24, is accused in the October 2009 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.
“I’m ready to go Monday,” said Senior Assistant District Attorney LaRae Moore.
Jury selection is expected to take up much of today, though Moore hopes to reach opening statements and the presentation of some evidence as well.
Defense attorney Shevon Sutcliffe Thomas, who represents Brock, said at a hearing last week that the deaths resulted from a drug deal gone bad. His client has maintained his innocence and intends to go to trial, Thomas added.
Brock’s brother, 23-year-old former Columbus police officer Mitchell Brock, faces accusations that he drove by a witness’ home and made shooting motions with his hands toward a witness and his family in an effort to dissuade him from testifying.
If convicted, Mitchell Brock would face two to 10 years on a charge of influencing a witness and one to five years on an attempted influencing a witness charge.
The brothers were scheduled to have their trials together, though Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters granted a motion filed by Mitchell Brock and separated their trials last week. Only James Brock will face a jury this week. The trial for Mitchell Brock hasn’t yet been scheduled.
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.