Capital Murder Trail Begins Today
Published 12:14 pm Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Jury selection began Tuesday in a capital murder case of a Brewton man accused of killing a man in the Bradley community on Memorial Day 2014.
A 12-person jury with two alternates, consisting of six men and eight women were chosen after hours of weeding through potential jurors.
James Larry Johnson is charged in the 2014 murder of 31-year-old Christopher Adam Salter.
Salter was found by Escambia County deputies inside his home on ALAFLORA Road, following a 911 call.
Shortly after arriving on-scene, deputies were able to make contact with Johnson, who later surrendered himself at the ESCO.
Johnson’s list of charges that he is being tried for are burglary, attempted murder, and capital murder.
All three charges are felonies in the state of Alabama.
Attempted murder is a class A felony.
The sentence for class A felonies is no less than 10 years and no more than 99 years.
Capital murder is punishable by death in Alabama.
It is evident that many factors will come into play within this case.
It was mentioned in Tuesday’s proceedings that a heat of passion defense, self-defense, and lack of evidence will be used as defense tactics.
Johnson’s case will continue throughout the week until a verdict is decided.
The trial will begin at 9 a.m. today.