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Memphis jury selected in death row inmate's retrial

The man convicted in the fatal shooting of Memphis Police Officer Don Williams in 1997 is now in state court for a retrial. The man convicted in the fatal shooting of Memphis Police Officer Don Williams in 1997 is now in state court for a retrial.

(WMC-TV) - The man convicted in the fatal shooting of Memphis Police Officer Don Williams in 1997 is now in state court for a retrial.

A jury of ten women and four men was chosen around 3:30 Monday afternoon.

The sequestered jury will hear testimony in a new trial for Timothy McKinney who has been on death row for more than a decade for the murdering Williams.

McKinney has five attorneys; three of them are from the New York law firm that successfully handled his appeal.

Williams was shot outside Crumpy's Comedy Club the day after Christmas 15 years ago.

Police identified then 23-year-old Timothy McKinney as the shooter.

Witnesses saw McKinney arguing with Williams after being thrown out of the club.

McKinney was convicted and sentenced to death.

But a new team of lawyers started looking at the case and last year McKinney was granted a new trial.

The court of appeals stated that McKinney's original attorneys did not do a good job and he should get a new trial.

Prosecutors are now dealing with a case that is 15 years old which makes their case a bit more difficult.

Timothy McKinney has always maintained he is innocent.

Prosecutors would not comment about the case, but defense attorneys say it should be very interesting because it's so unusual for people on death row to get new trials.

Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday morning.

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