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Fernando King Trial Underway

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Jury selection concluded Monday morning in the first of four possible trials related to the February 2013 botched robbery and murder of a Sheffield man.

Dressed in street clothes, Fernando King, 32, sat quietly in Judge Jackie Hatcher’s courtroom as potential jurors were selected by the prosecution and defense.

King is one of four people who have been charged with the murder of Dorian Hamilton, 27.

Investigators said Fernando King, LaDontae Montgomery, and Damien Shipley went into a home in Sheffield to rob the residence of drugs.

According to investigators, Damien Shipley was the trigger man during the robbery and is facing a charge of capital murder.

During jury selection, prosecutors explained Fernando King is charged with felony murder because he went to the home on February 25, 2013 for the sole purpose of robbery.

At the time of the murder, investigators said they found a significant amount of drugs inside the home, and contended this was not a random act.

Investigators said when Dorian Hamilton was shot he was in a back bedroom trying to protect others from the intruders.

Krystal Dawn Riddle, 35, is accused of driving the get-away car for the robbery, and is also charged with murder.

Attorneys for LaDontae Montgomery have requested that youthful offender status be granted to their client.

A hearing for that is set for February 18th.

Prosecutors expect the trial of Fernando King to last through at least Thursday.

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