Jury selection begins for constable charged with manslaughter

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. – The trial for a southern Kentucky constable charged in a man’s death is underway.

Jury selection began on Tuesday morning in Laurel County for the trial of Bobby Joe Smith. Smith is charged with manslaughter, accused of killing a man he was serving a warrant on in March of 2016.

Police say that Smith shot Brandon Stanley twice in the upper chest area on March 4th of last year at A and B quick stop in East Bernstadt. A grand jury indicted Smith several weeks later. He pleaded not guilty.

Tracie Whittymore, who is Stanley’s fiancée, said back in March of 2016 that Smith had been tracking Stanley for some time and then it ended when the shooting happened.

She said, “Bobby wanted Brandon to some and meet him. Instead of coming and turning himself into the sheriff’s office. Brandon wouldn’t do it. Brandon ran from that.”

The shooting happened inside the store. Whittymore says Stanley had a checkered past but was finally on the path to making up for what he had done.

Smith has declined to talk about what happened citing his attorney.

The constable never served any time in jail after posting a $50,000 bond after his indictment.

The court called nearly 100 potential jurors on Tuesday for the case.

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