SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Caddo Parish judge has penciled in a June trial date for the man accused of killing Shreveport Police Officer Thomas LaValley.
A hearing for Grover Cannon will be held on June 3. His trial is scheduled to begin on June 17, according to an order dated Friday, May 10.
Earlier this year, jury selection in the death penalty case was moved to East Baton Rouge, to protect Cannon’s constitutional right to a fair trial by an unbiased jury.
But his defense team raised questions about the process in which the jury pool was selected, when it was learned no one under the age of 26 was called to possibly serve as a juror due to a computer request.
Cannon’s lawyers argued before the trial court and Louisiana’s 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal that the jury pool should be thrown out, and a new pool selected, because excluding an entire age group of people violated state law and his constitutional rights.
While both lower courts disagreed, the Louisiana Supreme Court sided with Cannon on April 18 in a short one-page opinion, tossing out the jury pool, which had been narrowed to less than 70 persons, and sending the case back to the trial court to start all over.
Grover is accused of killing LaValley in 2015 after the officer responded to a suspicious person call in Shreveport in the Queensborough neighborhood.
Cannon was wanted for attempted second-degree murder for allegedly trying to kill someone else in July 2015.
Cannon faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.