Trial begins for accused South Park murderer

Trial begins for accused South Park murderer

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 10, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 10 at 7:07 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The trial of a man accused of a murder that stunned the South Park community began Monday morning.

Attorneys started jury selection in the case against 20-year-old Chauncey Sterling. He accused of shooting and killing 64-year-old Robert Barber in April 2011.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say that Barber was walking home from the Caribou Coffee store on Fairview Road when he was confronted by Sterling.

Investigators believe the two men got into a brief struggle before Barber was shot and killed.

Even though Sterling is charged with 1st Degree Murder prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty, in part because of his age. He was 18 at the time, and had a lack of a criminal record.

His family has also fully cooperated and his mother and sister may testify against him.

The trial is expected to last a week.

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