Jury Selection to Begin in Mitchell Murder Trial
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday morning in the murder trial of Johnathan Mitchell.
Mitchell's first trial started more than a year ago, but ended in mistrial because the prosecutor had a serious medical condition and couldn't continue.
Mitchell is charged with first degree murder and first degree robbery. A Linn County judge granted him a change of venue after Mitchell claimed he couldn't get a fair trial here.
Mitchell is accused of stabbing cab driver Cathy Stickley to death in April of 2011.
Stickley was found by her vehicle in the 1500 block alley between second and third avenue southeast. Police say Mitchell robbed her after stabbing her in the head and neck.