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Trial to begin in 2013 against accused cop killer

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - It was a brief court appearance, but a lot of ground was covered including the date for jury selection in the death penalty trial of Jesse Mathews.

Judge Barry Steelman said jury selection will begin January 22nd in 2013. Nearly two years after Mathews allegedly shot and killed Sergeant Tim Chapin outside a Brainerd pawn shop.

Judge Steelman did not rule on the request for a change of venue, but Mathews' attorneys say they are ready for trial.

Sgt. Chapin's parents and siblings were in court who declined to comment, but Chapin's friends say there isn't a day that goes by they don't think of him.

The next status hearing in the case has been scheduled for March 12th of next year.

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