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Jury selection in murder trial starts Monday

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By Cheri Harris

Jury selection for a murder trial is slated to start Monday at the Gadsden County Court House before Judge Jonathan E. Sjostrom. 

Elijah Brookins, 34, is accused of killing a fellow inmate Sept. 20, 2011, as both men were being transported by bus, along with 22 other inmates, to the Jefferson Correctional Institution.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections Inspector General’s investigation summary, when inmates exited the bus, the white T-shirt Brookins wore was covered in blood and Eric Sexton was discovered lying dead in the front seat, also covered in blood. Based on witness statements and evidence, the death may have occurred in Jefferson or Leon counties.

Brookins is accused of using a homemade weapon to repeatedly stab Sexton to death. He has been charged with first-degree murder and the state is seeking the death penalty. Baya Harrison is the defense attorney and Francis J. Allman is the prosecuting attorney.