HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The man accused of killing Huntsville Police Department officer Billy Clardy III in December 2019 was in court Thursday. A trial date has been set for October 16, 2023.
LaJeromeny Brown, 44, was due for a case status update before Madison County Circuit Court Judge Chris Comer. Brown is facing a capital murder charge and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Brown’s hearing Thursday morning lasted all of 20 minutes. During that time Judge Comer laid out the timeline and some details concerning the jury selection process.
Judge Comer said during the hearing that given his experience with other high-profile capital murder cases, he expects to call forward 130 people for the jury pool. Jury selection is expected to last a week or more.
Potential jurors will likely be asked questions regarding their views of law enforcement and their exposure to the case. Because it is a death penalty case, they will also be asked questions about their opinion of the death penalty.
Prosecutors say Clardy, an agent on the STAC Unit, was killed during a drug sting where officers were attempting to buy 100 pounds of marijuana from Brown.
Brown has a previous federal conviction for drug trafficking.
According to testimony at Brown’s preliminary hearing in January 2020, two officers were inside the house waiting to arrest Brown when he entered. Brown entered the home and encountered Clardy, who was shot twice. He died later that night from his injuries.
Brown was arrested shortly after the shooting.