Jury selection begins in Holden murder case

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 07:05 PM

The entire first day of trial for Jaquareus Thomez Holden was taken up with jury selection in Vance County Superior Court.

The 18-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in the June 2011 shooting death of his mother, Letitia Renee Hammond, 33.

Holden was 15 years old when he was arrested and will be tried as an adult.

Autopsy reports show Hammond was shot at least six times at close range in the 710 S. Carolina Ave., Henderson, home where they both lived.

Throughout the day, numerous potential jurors were dismissed from the courtroom based on a series of questions posed by the lawyers on both sides of the case and the judge.

Potential jurors were asked to state their occupation and where they lived.

They were also asked about their marital status and whether they have children.

While Holden is not obligated to testify in trial, a couple potential jurors said his lack of testimony might impact their ability to review the facts of the case fairly and impartially.

One prospective juror, who mentioned he worked with young people, said Holden’s age could negatively affect his perspective on the case.

Others were dismissed based on their relationship to the defendant and his extended family.

One prospective juror was married to the brother of the victim’s father. Another knew Holden’s uncle.

Assistant District Attorney Allison S. Capps is prosecuting the case, and Paul J. Stainback is Holden’s defense attorney.

Vance County Superior Court Judge Paul C. Ridgeway is presiding over this case.

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.