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Jury Selection Continues For Man Accused Of Killing Westerville Police Officers

Westerville Police

Jury selection resumes Monday morning for Quentin Smith, the man accused of fatally shooting two Westerville Police officers in February 2018. Opening arguments in the trial could start as soon as Monday afternoon.

Smith could face the death penalty if convicted of fatally shooting 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Anthony Morelli as they responded to a call about a domestic dispute at Smith's home in Westerville.

Smith has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated murder. He was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury in March 2018.

The case is eligible for the death penalty because the officers were killed in the line of duty. Smith was held without bail after being characterized as a danger to the community. He was previously convicted of burglary and prevented by law enforcement from having a weapon.

Last October, Gerald Lawson was sentenced to five years in prison for providing the gun Smith used to shoot the officers. He pldead guilty to aiding and abetting a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

It's been 11 years since a Franklin County jury sentenced someone to death for killing a police officer.

Clare Roth was former All Things Considered Host for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU in February of 2017. After attending the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she returned to her native Iowa as a producer for Iowa Public Radio.