Trial begins for retired Fla. cop who killed son
He and his family claim the gunfire was accidental, and that his son charged at him before he fired
By John Schriffen, Robyn Weil, and Jay Shaylor
ORLANDO — In a trial set to begin today, Orlando prosecutors will be pitted against a retired police officer and his family, who say he accidentally fired his gun after his 22-year-old son jumped him during an argument, shooting him twice in the torso and killing him.
Retired cop Timothy Davis' wife and daughter side with him, saying an accidental shooting left Timothy Davis Jr. dead Oct. 1, 2011. But prosecutors say there is evidence suggesting otherwise, with surveillance video of Davis' allegedly retrieving a gun from his car and then aiming it at his son.
As jury selection began Monday, Davis Sr. could be seen in court reading through a bible.
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