Lawyers continued the process of screening potential jurors in the upcoming murder trial of James Ashby, a former Rocky Ford police officer accused of the 2014 murder of Jack Jacquez Jr.

Lawyers continued the process of screening potential jurors in the upcoming murder trial of James Ashby, a former Rocky Ford police officer accused of the 2014 murder of Jack Jacquez Jr.

Prospective jurors were screened individually throughout Wednesday and Thursday morning. An approximate 100 Otero County residents were summoned to jury duty, of which 12 jurors and two alternates will be selected.

Chief Judge Mark A. MacDonnell recessed morning proceeding today at approximately 8:45 a.m. with jury selection scheduled to conclude this afternoon. Opening statements are scheduled to take place Friday morning.

Ashby faces second-degree murder charges stemming from the October 12, 2014, death of Jacquez. Ashby shot and killed Jacquez while on duty as a Rocky Ford police officer. Ashby claims the shooting was self-defense.

The trial is scheduled to run through July 1 at the Otero County Courthouse.

- Folllow us on Twitter @LaJuntaTD