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Jury selection begins in trial of man charged with murder of Daytona Beach officer Jason Raynor

Jury selection begins on Tuesday for the trial of a man accused of shooting and murdering a Daytona Beach police officer.

Investigators say Othal Wallace shot Agent Jason Raynor in June 2021. Raynor, 26, died 55 days later.

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The judge moved the trial from Wallace to Clay County, more than an hour north, just southwest of Jacksonville, due to all the media coverage of the case.

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty in this case.

Read: Volusia County Judge Approves Location Change for Accused Cop Killer Othal Wallace

Wallace was captured after an intense manhunt in Georgia. He was found hiding in a tree house.

In social media posts prior to the shooting, the suspect identified himself as part of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The Anti-Defamation League said the group is one of the most organized and anti-Semitic black nationalist groups in the country.

Read: Agent Raynor’s family is seeking $5 million from alleged shooter Othal Wallace

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