Jury selection begins in murder trial of Ohio ex-deputy

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the murder trial of a former southern Ohio sheriff’s deputy.

Joel Jenkins was on duty working for the Pike County Sheriff’s Office in March 2015 when a fleeing driver in a high-speed chase was fatally shot.

Jenkins was charged in the death of 26-year-old Robert Rooker. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and reckless homicide.

Jenkins also is charged in another fatal shooting in December 2015 involving a neighbor. Jenkins, who also was a deputy at the time, has said he was showing his neighbor, 40-year-old Jason Brady, a gun when it went off accidentally.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide.

Court records don’t list a date for his trial in that case.