Jury Selected Today For Bellaire Police Officer’s Trial
The jury was selected today for the trial of Bellaire Police Sgt. Jeffrey Cotton.
Nine women and three men were chosen to sit on the jury, which will start hearing the case Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Harris County 232nd District Court. Judge Mary Lou Keel is presiding over the trial.
Cotton is charged with the shooting of Bellaire resident Robbie Tolan on Dec. 31, 2008. Tolan was shot in the front lawn of his home after officers mistakenly thought he was driving a stolen vehicle.
The case was originally scheduled for Jan.25, but was rescheduled to March 3 and then was set for May 3.
“Paul is very pleased with the jury,” said David Donahue, legal administrator for Cotton’s attorney, Paul Aman.
Donahue said when the jury hears the case they will know that he acted in a reasonable manner and that he did what his training as a police officer taught him to do.
Check www.instantnewsbellaire.com for updates during the trial.