Jury selection continues in Colby murder trial

Jury selection in the trial of Mark Edward Colby, accused of the September 2014 slaying of his girlfriend and Noble Savage Tavern business partner Angela Godley, continued Tuesday, March 21, 2017, with eight additional jurors selected.

That brings the jury to 12 members, with two alternates to be chosen from a pool of potential jurors to fill out the ranks of those who will weigh evidence to determine Colby’s guilt or innocence. The final juror selection will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Caddo District Judge John D. Mosely’s courtroom. Opening statements and testimony of witnesses will begin Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Colby, 60, incarcerated in Caddo Correctional Center, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Godley, 53. Her body was found Sept. 10, 2014 in the laundry room of the house the couple shared in the 1900 block of Bayou Drive in Shreve Island. Godley had been shot several times in the upper body. Colby fled to Mexico after the shooting but was found and arrested several days later.

Colby is defended by Curtis R. Joseph Jr., while Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorneys Britney A. Green and Ron Christopher Stamps are prosecuting.

If convicted of second-degree murder, Colby faces a mandatory life term in prison at hard labor without parole, probation or suspension of sentence.