News reports say two lived together in Beaver Dam, Virginia with Hakopian's two teenagers.
Apparently Hakopian took in the homeless Mallory and their friendship took a romantic turn.
The racial composition of the all-white jury drew complaints from defense attorney, David DuBose.
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Of about 40 potential jurors called for possible selection, none was African-American. The 14-person panel selected to hear the case, 11 women and three men, includes two alternate jurors.Continue reading ►
DuBose had challenged the prosecution’s final strike of a potential juror, mistakenly arguing that the juror was the lone black person on the panel, an important factor in a case in which the defendant is black and the victim is white.
Harris rejected the argument, concluding that Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Shari Skipper had stricken the juror for reasons unrelated to race.
But the stricken juror said outside the courthouse that she is Greek and Skipper stressed in court that the woman’s jury profile information accurately described her as white.
Mallory, who has a long criminal record, had just purchased a bus ticket to Miami.
Skipper told the jury that evidence in the case would show that the murder stemmed from jealously.
“If he couldn’t have her,” she said, “then no one could.”
DuBose said the jury’s racial makeup may be grounds for an appeal at a later date.
The murder occurred January 30, 2012.
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