COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - James Brock, the man accused of murdering Tyesha McNair and Terrence Clark on October 13, 2009, has waived his right to have a jury present for his double murder trial.
Jury selection was slated for Monday morning in Judge Bobby peters courtroom, but before that could get underway, the defendant James Brock asked for a bench trial. That means only the judge would decide whether Brock is guilty or not and no jurors will be present during the trial.
After the District Attorney's office consulted with the families of Tyesha McNair and Terrence Clark, they agreed with going forward with a bench trial.
Judge Peters tells News Leader Nine the absence of a jury is very uncommon for a case like this and this is the first time he has ever done a bench trial for a murder.
Prosecuting attorney LaRae Moore and defense attorney Shevon Thomas proceeded with opening arguments before Judge Peters.
Since jury selection was expected to take up a good portion of the day on Monday, court was recessed just after noon and will reconvene Tuesday morning.