Trial begins for man accused of streaming murder on Facebook Live

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — A murder trial is finally getting started in Jackson County for a 20-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a local woman back in 2016.

 

Tuesday’s court activities were consumed by picking a jury.

 

But after four hours of back and forth from the defense and prosecution, a jury was finally selected.

Because it took so long to select a jury, opening statements are taking place Wednesday morning and then the trial will go into full swing.

 

20-year-old Anthony Gelia is charged with open murder in the shooting death of 26-year-old Brittany Southwell.

 

Police say in November, 2016, Gelia broke into a house on Jefferson Street in Jackson and started shooting.

 

Investigators say Gelia went there to confront his brother about of a previous fight on Facebook.

 

Police believe Southwell was just an innocent bystander who was shot and killed while holding her baby boy.

 

Prosecutors say Gelia streamed the murder on Facebook Live.

 

They plan on showing the 25-minute video the jury sometime during the trial.

The trial resumes Wednesday morning and could last all week, so stay with us for updates.

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