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Jurors selected for former officer’s aggravated assault trial

Christopher Hess faces up to life in prison if jurors find him guilty.

DALLAS — More than 200 potential jurors answered questions Friday about whether they could provide a fair trial for former Dallas police officer Christopher Hess.

Hess is charged with aggravated assault by a public servant. 

Body camera video from the night of the January 2017 shooting shows Hess firing 13 shots into a car that slowly backed into his police cruiser. The driver of what Hess believed to be a stolen car did not obey his orders to stop.

The 21-year-old driver, Genevieve Dawes, was killed.

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Several members of the jury pool told attorneys because a police officer was involved, they did not believe they could render a fair verdict. 

Some attributed their bias to having a family member who serves or a prior good or bad interaction with officers.

Others said they had seen intense coverage of recent high-profile police shootings and their beliefs about excessive use of force might cloud their judgment.

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A grand jury indicted Hess for aggravated assault by a public servant, a first-degree felony, in June 2017. The Dallas Police Department fired him.

Hess was in the jury room during the selection process.

If jurors find him guilty, they have a wide range of potential punishment. They could sentence him to life in prison, probation, or something in between.

Opening statements are expected Tuesday.

Credit: WFAA
Former Dallas police officer Christopher Hess is accused of aggravated assault by a public servant.

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