Highway Shooter Trial Set to Begin

Defense attorneys say they don’t intend to put the man accused in the series of highway shootings around Columbus on the witness stand.

About two weeks of jury selection starts Friday in the trial of Charles McCoy Junior. He’s charged with 12 shootings at vehicles and buildings over a five-month span. He could get the death penalty if convicted of the only death in the case.

McCoy has paranoid schizophrenia and has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. Attorney Andrew Haney says he’d rather have psychiatrists explain the nature of the illness to jurors.

About 300 people have been summoned to the Franklin County courthouse to fill out written questionnaires.

That’s about 100 more than in a typical death penalty case. Prosecutors expect half of them to show up. (Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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