Jury selection continues in murder trial
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Jury selection is underway in the trial of a man charged with murder in the death of a Wilmington police officer. Before jury selection began in Anthony Pierce's murder trial, the judge set ground rules on how the trial would run.

The rules laid out by Judge Phyllis Gorham were standard to any other trial, but there was one that addressed how police officers in the courtroom could dress. The rule was directed towards officers that are not witnesses in the trial but for those sitting in to watch.

"Because of the nature of this trial, I believe that it is important that there be no officers who are not witnesses in this trial come into the courtroom as a spectator in uniform," Gorham said.

We spoke with Pierce's family and friends off camera. They said they agreed with the judge's decision.

More than two dozen possible jurors were brought into the courtroom. Jury selection is expected to continue tomorrow.

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So why were they in uniform? Were they supposed to be on the job catching criminals and decided to take an hour of court watching while on the clock to intimidate as well as providing sympathy for the jurors?? WPD at its best!

Guest 228, your response is pathetic at best and criminal at worst.

So if it were the court case where your co-worker, friend, or family member was killed you wouldn't bother with taking any interest in the case?

Ok...so if a person can be charged with murder with no intention of committing murder from a vehicle across town with witnesses showing he had no intention of murdering an officer from across town, I'd like some ethical opinions on these scenarios that a conviction in this case could conceivably bring to fruition.

Lets say the officer who died avoiding a box in the road, was swerving to avoid a pedestrian instead. Would the pedestrian be guilty of murder, or would the man being chased in another part of town be guilty?

If the officer hit and killed the pedestrian, going over 100 mph in a city street with a speed limit of 40 mph, would the officer, the pedestrian, or would the man across town he was in such a hurry to chase down (who already was being pursued by other officers) be considered guilty?

If the pedestrian was hit and hurt, instead of killed, should he sue the police officer, department for their wreckless policy, or should he sue the man being chased on another side of town?

Just some possible scenarios that I think deserve consideration.