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Jury selection begins for CMPD officer charged with involuntary manslaughter 

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer accused of striking and killing a pedestrian with his patrol car while speeding near uptown Charlotte.

No jury seat was filled on day one as prosecutors spent most of the day asking potential jurors probing questions about their personal lives and involvement with law enforcement.

Of the 40 people in the jury pool, six were dismissed by Judge Robert Ervin, all citing personal hardships that would prevent them from serving.

The officer, Phillip Barker, is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors allege that, on July 8, 2017, Barker was traveling more than 100 mph on East Morehead Street when his patrol car struck 28-year-old James Michael Short, killing him at the scene. The speed limit at the crash site is 35 mph.

An initial investigation concluded that Short was walking in a pedestrian crosswalk when he was struck by Barker’s car.

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