HOMERVILLE — It’s back to the drawing board for court officials in Clinch County who will once again try Monday to strike a jury for the trial of three local men charged with the murder of Clay Cross.
On Thursday, April 28, after about five hours of questioning prospective jurors, Judge Dane Perkins called a halt to the jury selection and declared a mistrial after one of the prospective jurors made an audible comment about one of the defendants.
Trevor Dennard Posley, Dexter Jamal Freeney and Steven Maurice Monroe were indicted by a Clinch County grand jury on charges of murder in connection with the shooting death of Cross, 22, a Morehouse College student from Homerville, who was killed inside Club 912 on May 10, 2014.
They are to be tried together.
Cross, the step-son of football great Lindsey Scott, was said to be at the club applying for a job. Lawmen said at the time it appeared that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, that he was at the club to ask for work as a DJ and apparently was not the intended target of the gunfire.
“We will begin at 9 a.m. Monday selecting and striking jurors to hear the case,” said defense attorney John R. Thigpen Sr. “The actual trial date is set for June 13 in Clinch County Superior Court.”
Attorneys for the three include Thigpen, of Blackshear, representing Posley, and Janice Prince and Mickey Johnson, public defenders who are representing Freeney and Monroe, respectively.
Posley, Freeney and Monroe were each indicted for malice murder, felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, aggravated assault, street gang terrorism and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.