WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Jury selection is getting under way in the murder trial of a Wilmington man charged with fatally stabbing a New Castle County police officer.
The process of selecting jurors for the trial of 34-year-old David Salasky Jr. begins Monday, with testimony starting Oct. 7.
Salasky is charged with killing 44-year-old officer Joseph Szczerba (ZER-bah) in September 2011.
A judge last week denied several pretrial motions by the defense, including motions to suppress evidence and to preclude prosecutors from seeking the death penalty against a severely mentally ill defendant.
According to court records, Salasky has both a long criminal history and a history of mental health issues. Defense attorneys have suggested that he was delusional and high on mind-altering chemicals when Szczerba was killed.
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