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Jury selection underway in officer death trial

Anthony Pierce (Source: NHCSO) Anthony Pierce (Source: NHCSO)
Officer Richard Matthews Officer Richard Matthews

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The process of picking a jury is underway in one of the most high profile trials to take place in New Hanover County in recent memory.

Anthony Pierce faces a second degree murder charge in the death of Wilmington Police Officer Richard Matthews. 

[Click here to see the indictment against Pierce]

In February 2009, Matthews was one of the officers on his way to pursue Pierce in a chase through the streets of Wilmington.  Matthews swerved to avoid a box in the road on Shipyard Boulevard, crashed his cruiser and died.

[Click here to see the official briefing]

The trial is expected to last at least a week and a half.

Judge Phyllis Gorham ordered cameras out of the courtroom Monday morning after hearing motions.  Gorham also ruled that off-duty officers wishing to attend the trial as a spectator are not allowed to wear their uniforms, so as not to influence a jury.

WECT and WECT.com will provide complete coverage of the Pierce trial once a jury is chosen.  That process is expected to last at least through Monday.

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