Jury selection begins in murder trial

April 13, 2009 3:27:51 PM PDT
Jury selection got underway on Monday for 32-year-old Mark Downs. Downs is accused of killing 6 year-old Nico Contreras of Aurora 13 years ago. The child was asleep in his grandparent's home.

The murder remained unsolved until 2007 when Downs and another person, Elias Diaz, were arrested and charged.

Diaz has since been tried and convicted. Downs is currently in jail serving a 17 year sentence for a 2004 gang-related attempted murder.

Prosecutors say in the Contreras case Downs mistakenly killed the boy in a gang retaliation shooting.


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