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Jury selection underway in killing of Lee County deputy

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) – Jury selection got underway Monday in the trial of a Columbus man accused of killing a Lee County Sheriff's Deputy two years ago.

Gregory Henderson, 39, has been charged with capital murder in the 2009 death of Deputy James Anderson during a traffic stop in Smiths Station.

Henderson has pleaded not guilty, which is a change from his original plea, not guilty plea by reason of mental disease or defect.

Prosecutors say Anderson and another deputy pulled Henderson over and that's when he hit the gas and struck Anderson, pinning him under the car.

Anderson's widow and mother were in court for day one of the capital murder trial, seeking justice against the man they believe killed their husband and son.

The jury selection process is expected to last most of the day and could spill over into day two of the trial. 

Already several jurors have been excused because of religious conflicts with a death sentence if Henderson is convicted.

Openings and testimony could begin as early as Tuesday or as late as Wednesday.

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