Trial starts Thursday for accused cop killer

Grover Cannon is suspected of gunning down Shreveport police Officer Thomas LaValley more than four years ago

Trial starts Thursday for accused cop killer
Grover Cannon, the man accused of gunning down Shreveport police Officer Thomas LaValley four years ago, is set to go to trial at 9 a.m. Nov. 14 in Caddo District Court in Shreveport. (Source: KSLA News 12)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Shreveport police Officer Thomas LaValley's accused killer now is set for trial.

Shreveport police Officer Thomas LaValley was gunned down Aug. 5, 2015, while responding to a call about suspicious activity at a residence in the city's Queensborough residence. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Shreveport police Officer Thomas LaValley was gunned down Aug. 5, 2015, while responding to a call about suspicious activity at a residence in the city's Queensborough residence. (Source: KSLA News 12)

The proceedings against Grover Cannon are scheduled to start Thursday morning in Caddo District Court.

Twelve jurors and four alternates have been impaneled to hear the case.

Those men and women will be bussed to Shreveport on Wednesday.

If all goes as planned, the death penalty case against Cannon will get underway at 9 a.m. the next day.

The jury pool numbered more than 500 when the selection process began Oct. 17 in Baton Rouge.

Jury selection was halted three weeks into Cannon’s second trial in March.

The Louisiana Supreme Court upheld a defense claim that the jury selection was unfair because people ages 18-26 were excluded from the jury pool.

LaValley was killed while responding to a call in 2015 in Shreveport’s Queensborough neighborhood.

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