Jury selection begins in second degree murder trial of Springhill teen

Jury selection began yesterday in the second-degree murder trial of Josh Lewis, 19, of Cotton Valley. He, along with another teen, are accused in the shooting death of a classmate in 2017.

Lewis was arrested in late November for the murder of Jaylon Thomas, 17, of Cullen.  

According to reports at the time of his arrest, Lewis confessed to killing Thomas, but later plead not guilty.

Police said the shooting stemmed from a disagreement from two other teens, reportedly over a female, which eventually led to a disagreement between Lewis and Thomas.

Thomas’ body was found near a church Nov. 27, 2017. Sixteen gunshots were reportedly fired during the altercation. Thomas’ body was sent to Little Rock for autopsy. Lewis later turned himself in to authorities.

Jury selection continues today.

In September of 2018 a Webster Parish grand jury indicted 15-year-old KeShawn Johnson on a charge of second-degree murder and, according to Assistant District Attorney Hugo Holland, he will be tried as an adult. No trial date has been set for Johnson.

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