Jury selected for murder trial

A GROUP of 12 jurors was impanelled in the Grafton District Court yesterday for the trial of two men charged over the 2004 shooting of a Yamba truck driver on the Pacific Highway south of Grafton.

It is alleged that on May 26, David Charles Brown, 40, and Spyro Sophiadakis, 45, shot with intent to murder, Yamba resident Jonathon Koen, 45.

Brown and Sophiadakis sat silently in the dock for the entire first day of the trial and were accompanied by correctional services officers.

Both the accused wore similar black suits and light-coloured ties.

Representing Brown was independent barrister from Sydney, Peter Williams, who was assisted by instructing solicitor Ross Hill from Ross Hill and Associates, also Sydney-based.

The defence counsel also included Sydney barrister George Ikners, who was aided by Peter Proctor of Peter Proctor and Associates. Both men were representing Sophiadakis.

Yesterday's proceedings included a number of applications to Judge Geraghty from both the defence teams in relation to evidence.

Mr Williams also made an application to separate Brown's trial from his co-accused.

However, Judge Geraghty said both men would be trialled together.

It is anticipated the Crown prosecutor today would officially open the trial and give the jurors a rundown of the case and charges.

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