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Jury selection continues in double slaying trial

June 30, 2021 GMT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Another pool of potential jurors was to be questioned Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing his mother and a Grand Forks police officer.

Salamah Pendleton, 42, is accused of killing 61-year-old Lola Moore and Officer Cody Holte. The 29-year-old officer was killed during a shootout with law enforcement officers who had gone to his apartment to service eviction papers in May of last year. A Grand Forks County sheriff’s deputy was injured in the exchange of gunfire.

Pendleton faces two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, as well as criminal mischief, terrorizing, reckless endangerment, and possession with intent to deliver or manufacture marijuana.

After reviewing a state hospital evaluation, Northeast Central District Judge Don Hager determined that Pendleton is capable of proceeding with the trial.

About 40 potential jurors were questioned by both the defense and prosecution on Tuesday, KVRR reported.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

Pendleton’s charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of $20,000.