Jury selection underway in Barksdale airman murder trial

Airman Isaiah Edwards trial update

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Jury selection began Tuesday morning in the murder trial for the March 2018 death of Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale.

Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards, 20, is accused of stabbing Hale to death inside their quarters while on deployment at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

Attorneys for both sides spent much of the day questioning potential jurors. It is their duty to select a minimum of five officers to hear the case and render a verdict.

During questioning, prosecutors made it clear to potential jury members it is their job to prove ‘who, what, where, when and how’ in the case, the why or motive is not required for a jury to make a decision in a general court-martial.

On Monday, A1C Edwards pleaded not guilty in court. The rest of the day was spent working out pre-trial motions and reviewing evidence that would possibly be used during trial. That evidence included witness testimony and photos from the crime scene.

Both Hale and Edwards were assigned to the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as Electronic Warfare Journeymen.

Hale’s father, Rodney, tells KSLA News 12 his son had aspirations of becoming a pilot and joined the Air Force in 2016.

Edwards is currently in custody at Barksdale Air Force Base and being transported by Barksdale Security Forces to and from court.

If the jury reaches a conviction, the trial would immediately move in to the sentencing phase.

Trial proceedings are being held at the Federal Courthouse in Shreveport.

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