Jury Selection Underway in Mays Trial

Jury selection began this morning in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston for the trial of Cameron Mays. The trial is expected to last three to four days, it was said.

The first of three panels of fourteen prospective jurors underwent questioning by Division B Judge Tommy Rogers as to the jurors residence, occupation, marital status, and children. He also asked whether any of the panel knew the attorneys, the accused, any local law enforcement, or any of the witnesses that might be called, and whether that knowledge might prejudice the juror’s deliberations.

Mays is charged with aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Second Degree murder charges against Mays are still pending.

Prosecuting the case is Assistant Attorney General Mike Ruddick. Mays’ defense attorney is James Buckley.

Earlier today, Brandon Bonton was in court, where his trial date was moved to September 26. His trial was originally set for today. He is charged with accessory to 2nd degree murder, accessory to burglary, possession of stolen things, and theft of a firearm. He is a possible witness in the Mays trial.

Representing Bonton is Robert Noel.

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