The murder trial of Huntsville Police Officer William Darby began Monday.
Darby is charged with fatally killing Jeffrey Parker, a mentally ill man, back in 2018.
The high-profile case will start at the Madison County Courthouse on Monday with jury selection.
Huntsville attorney Mark McDaniel says this case would have been over with earlier if it weren’t for the delays because of COVID, but added, no matter the wait, hopefully justice will be served.
"It's a good time to get it over with, on both sides, to go ahead and try this case," said McDaniel.
On Aug. 3, 2018, Darby and three other officers were called to a home where Parker was said to be armed and suicidal.
When officers arrived, they talked Parker down from holding a gun to his head.
But after a while, body camera footage shows Darby shooting and killing Parker. It will be up to the jury to decide if Darby reasonably shot Parker.
"The law on that issue is that a person can use deadly physical force if he reasonably believes the other person is using or is about to use unlawful deadly physical force against him or another person," said McDaniel.
McDaniel fears a fair trial isn’t possible. .
"Can you make your decision, in this case, based on what you hear from the witness stand and nothing else? If you can do that, raise your hand, let me know. That's going to be the key issue for jury selection," he said.
McDaniel believes if a juror claims they do not know the facts about this case, they shouldn't be selected for the jury.