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Jury Selection Starts in Football Player Slaying

WGIL Newsroom . State Sports 95

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jury selection has started in the trial of a man in the fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.

The process began Monday in Washtenaw County Trial Court. Judge Donald Shelton says 21-year-old Ed Thomas of Detroit rejected an offer of a plea deal.

On Friday, 20-year-old Kristopher Pratt of Detroit pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He’s agreed to testify against Thomas.

Pratt says he and Thomas followed Reed into an apartment building last fall with the intention of robbing the 20-year-old wide receiver from Chicago. Pratt says he shot Reed twice.

The Ann Arbor News reports that public defender Lorne Brown says Thomas extensively reviewed the plea deal but “has rejected it at this time.”