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Water main break shuts down Bossier courthouse, airman murder trial on hold

Benjamin Shaw, charged with Second Degree Murder in the death of a Barksdale airman, leaves the Bossier Parish Courthouse in Benton on April 11, 2017. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA) Benjamin Shaw, charged with Second Degree Murder in the death of a Barksdale airman, leaves the Bossier Parish Courthouse in Benton on April 11, 2017. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA)
Benjamin Shaw, 21 (Source: Bossier City Police Department) Benjamin Shaw, 21 (Source: Bossier City Police Department)
Technical Sergeant Zechariah Casagranda. (Courtesy: Facebook) Technical Sergeant Zechariah Casagranda. (Courtesy: Facebook)
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BENTON, LA (KSLA) -

The trial of a man accused of fatally stabbing a Barksdale airman set to get under way Thursday afternoon in Bossier Parish is on hold after a water main break forced a State of Emergency Declaration that shut down the courthouse. 

Bossier Parish Police Jury President Bob Brotherton issued the declaration just before Noon Thursday, citing the loss of water and fire protection. The courthouse was closed at Noon.

Parish officials expect repairs on the broken water line on Palmetto Road to be completed later Thursday and the courthouse should be back open Friday. In the meantime, a boil advisory has been issued for customers of the Benton Water System.

The start of the trial of Benjamin Shaw, charged with second-degree murder of 34-year-old Tech. Sgt. Zechariah Casagranda was initially delayed until 1:30 p.m. due to the water main break. It's not clear yet when the trial is expected to resume.

Bossier City Police say Shaw, 21, stabbed Casagranda in a fight outside a Bossier City nightclub back on January 23, 2016.

Jury selection wrapped up Thursday morning after three days of interviews with 135 prospective jurors. 

Judge Michael Craig has also sequestered four witnesses for the first day of the trial, including Casagranda's wife, Brandi Casagranda, and the lead BCPD detective in the case, Michael Hardesty.

Shaw was in court Thursday morning with his attorney, Jose Baez. Baez is well-known for his defense of Casey Anthony.

This is a developing story. Check back here for the latest details.

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