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Jury impaneled in murder trial
Newton County Judicial Center

COVINGTON, Ga. – A jury was selected Monday afternoon to hear the case of the 17-year-old accused of stabbing an 18-year-old man to death last year.

Quran Ali Knighton, who was 16 at the time of the incident, is accused of stabbing and killing Markice Samuel Harris during a fight outside the Wesleyan Subdivision on Boogers Hill Road north of Oxford in May of 2016.

Knighton is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony.

It took Assistant District Attorney Candice Branche and defense attorney Jeff Banks just under 90 minutes to pare down 36 potential jurors to the panel of seven men and five women, plus one alternate who will hear the case.

After the jury was seated, Alcovy Judicial Circuit Judge John M. Ott excused them until 9 a.m. Tuesday, when opening arguments will be heard.