SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The trial has begun for a northern Indiana man accused of beating an Afghanistan war veteran to death.
The South Bend Tribune reports that jury selection began Monday in the trial of 23-year-old Jabreeh Davis-Martin. He is charged with murder in the death of 27-year-old Jodie Henderson, a member of the Army National Guard.
Authorities say Davis-Martin attacked the veteran after being told by a third party that Henderson said he loved Davis-Martin romantically.
Henderson was found in January 2016 lying in the street near a home that Davis-Martin shared with his mother. He died of multiple blunt-force and chop injuries.
Witnesses have told police that Davis-Martin bragged about the incident afterward and used an anti-gay slur when referring to Henderson.
Davis-Martin wasn’t charged with a hate crime because Indiana doesn’t have a hate crime law.
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