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Jury Seated In Trial Over Slain Dallas Police Officer

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Police officers take cover behind a squad car. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Police officers take cover behind a squad car. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (AP) - A jury has been seated for the trial of a man accused of the 2009 slaying of a Dallas police officer trying to serve a warrant.

Sr. Cpl. Norman Smith was shot when he and other gang-unit officers attempted to serve an aggravated assault warrant.

Testimony was expected to begin Wednesday in the trial of 29-year-old Charles Patrick Payne.

Payne, who if convicted could get the death penalty, has claimed he didn’t know that police were the people trying to enter the apartment during an exchange of gunfire.

Payne attorney Ed “Bubba” King has declined comment. His client also has been charged with two counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer and cocaine possession.

The man sought on the robbery warrant was caught at the home.

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