Jury selection underway in New Britain murder case

New Britain police booking photo of Jonathan Gibbs, June 17, 2013.
New Britain police booking photo of Jonathan Gibbs, June 17, 2013.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) –€” Jury selection has begun in the murder trial of a Meriden man accused of gunning down a teenager in New Britain over a pair of shoes.

The Record-Journal of Meriden reports that 26-year-old Jonathan Gibbs entered a not guilty plea Tuesday.

A judge also lowered his bond from $3 million to $99,000 cash, a move that will allow the Correction Department to move him from the maximum-securty Northern Correctional Institution to a facility closer to the courthouse during the trial.

Gibbs is accused of shooting 18-year-old Issaac Smith in the back of the head last June 16.

Police say the shooting occurred after a meeting in which Smith apparently tried to run off with a pair of sneakers that Gibbs had posted for sale on Facebook for $400.


Information from: Record-Journal

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