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Jury selection underway for 2013 Opelika murder trial

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - A 22-year-old Lee County man is on trial for murder.

Investigators say just before Andrew Jones died from a gunshot wound to the chest, he named Montavious Askew - who was 19 years old at the time - as his shooter. 

News Leader 9's Elizabeth White was in court for jury selection on Monday, March 2.

Askew, now 22, was a teenager in March 2013 when investigators say he shot and killed Jones outside a home on Dogwood Avenue in Opelika at about 9 p.m.  

According to court documents, Jones was able to tell police a man by the name of “Dunk" shot him in the chest, just before he was taken to the ER, where he died.

Officers knew Dunk was a nickname used by Askew.

A witness told police she saw Askew walk up to Jones and shoot him in the chest, and picked Askew out of a lineup when he was arrested.

At this point, investigators have not released a possible motive for the murder. Meanwhile, Askew has pled not guilty and we do not know what his defense will be.

News Leader 9 will be in court on Tuesday as testimony is expected to begin.

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