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.
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.
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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