Racial Concerns In Jury Selection

By Danielle Krout

Published 08/25 2014 05:41PM

Updated 08/25 2014 08:43PM

EBENSBURG, CAMBRIA COUNTY---- Demetrius Gibson is headed to trial for first degree murder in the death of girlfriend Elizabeth Miller.  The defense asked for continuance prior to jury selection saying ‘there was not enough African American’s making up the jury pool.”

"We don't feel that it adequately reflects and takes into account the percentages of minorities in this case,” said Thomas Dickey, Gibson’s attorney.  “There should be a bigger representative of portion of them on the jury to make it more fair."

Out of all of the random registered voters in the county selected to take part in jury selection Monday there was not one African American for a potential juror.  The judge overruled the motion and said the trial will go on as scheduled.

"Hopefully, we find a fair and impartial jury to give us a fair trial,” said Dickey.

The prosecution said they have no comment until after the trial.

Jurors were selected up until 6:00 Monday night; the trial will begin once a jury is picked.

Gibson allegedly stabbed Miller in the stomach outside of a car wash in Johnstown’s Moxham neighborhood in August 2013.  Police said the two met there after a fight so the victim could get her cell phone back.  The victim’s brother was with her when it happened he is set to testify at the trial.

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