PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Jury selection began Tuesday in the retrial of a man accused of shooting a police officer in Feltonville six years ago.
Eric Torres, 37, was originally convicted of shooting Officer Edward Davies during a traffic stop and scuffle in Feltonville. But last year, the Pennsylvania Superior Court vacated the sentence and ordered a new trial, ruling that officers did not have probable cause to search his home.
The district attorney offered a plea deal that amounted to a minimum 37-year prison sentence, which Torres did not accept. He decided to take his chances again in court.
Defense attorney Jonathon Strange calls the shooting a tragic accident.
Davies said he has no doubt that Torres tried to kill him. In his first trial, Torres was acquitted of attempted murder but convicted of aggravated assault and related gun and drug charges.
In this second trial, 11 jurors have been chosen so far. Once the full panel of 15 — including alternates — is in place, opening statements will begin in what Judge Charles Erlich expects to be a two-week trial.