Jury selection begins in murder case
Jury selection began Monday morning in the murder trial of Thorne Denicholas Rogers, who is charged with killing Marko D. Thornton in 2010.
Rogers, 26, is standing trial in Durham County Superior Court for allegedly killing Thornton, 25, at the Two Brothers convenience store on Dearborn Drive on March 22, 2010.
During a bond hearing last December, Assistant District Attorney Roger Echols, who is prosecuting the murder case, said security video from the store showed Thornton drive into the store's parking lot, and a short time later, a gold or tan van drove into the same lot.
A slim man wearing a baseball cap got out of the van and into the front passenger seat of Thornton's car, Echols said. The unidentified man then got out of the car, ran back to the van and drove away, he said.
Thornton was found shot in the car, and he died later at a hospital.
Investigators found a ball cap in Thornton's car, and DNA from the cap came back to Rogers, according to Echols.
During the bond hearing, Rogers' attorney, John Fitzpatrick, said he will challenge the DNA evidence because the DNA examiner was not certified.
Jury selection was suspended for the day after the morning session, and it is scheduled to continue Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.