Jury selected in Farrow civil suit

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - In 2007, 12-year-old Deaunta Farrow was shot and killed by a West Memphis Police Officer.

After four years, a civil lawsuit filed by the families of Farrow and his cousin, Unseld Nance, Jr., is underway.  Monday was filled with questions for the potential jurors who were asked everything from what they know about the case to how they feel about toy guns. 

The jury was picked around 5 o'clock Monday evening and consists of six white men and six white women.   On Tuesday attorneys for the plaintiff's plan to call witnesses to the stand to give their version of the events that happened on that June night in 2007.

This case has been moving toward this point for almost four years now all of the evidence in the death of Farrow is being brought back to light.  According to a report released in 2007, Farrow was shot in the chest and in the leg by West Memphis police officer Erik Sammis.  Investigators say Farrow was holding a toy gun.

A special prosecutor assigned to the case determined that there was not enough evidence to charge Sammis or any other member of the West Memphis Police Department with a crime.  Now Sammis and the man who was with him that night, Officer Jimmy Evans, are preparing to face a jury in a civil lawsuit.

The families are suing for $250,000,000.  Among the witnesses expected to testify this week are the defendants, the officers who investigated the case, members of the families of Nance and Farrow and several others.

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