Jury selection for the Cameron Mays trial will begin Monday, April 25, in the Division B courtroom of Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston.
Assistant Attorney General Mike Ruddick said Mays will be first tried on charges of aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Mays is also charged with second degree murder in the slaying of retired Grambling State University Professor Dr. Sue Hashway, but that charge won’t be at issue next week, Ruddick said. The alleged victim in the rape and kidnapping case was a Louisiana Tech student. The purported crimes occurred in June, 2012.
At a hearing yesterday, two defense motions were raised. One alleged denial of a speedy trial, the other for a change of venue. Divison B Judge Tommy Rogers took the motions under advisement, but said the speedy trial issue was now moot, as the trial will begin next Monday. On the change of venue, he said he would stay a ruling until after jury selection begins, and to see if pretrial publicity may have influenced potential jurors.
Defending Mays is James Buckley.