13 Jan '11, 5pm
Jury picked for ex-cops in immigrant death case - TODAYonline #PoliceNews
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (AP) - Opening statements are set to begin in the trial of three former police officers charged with obstructing the investigation into the fatal beating of an illegal immigrant in Pennsylvania. Jury selection wrapped up Thursday for the trial of three former Shenandoah police officers who allegedly orchestrated a cover-up in the death of Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez. Ramirez died following an altercation with a group of white high school football players in July 2008. Federal prosecutors say former police Chief Matthew Nestor and two subordinates obstructed the investigation by tampering with evidence and witnesses or lying to the FBI. They have pleaded not guilty. Two men who took part in the assault were convicted in October of a federal hate crime. Investigators say the officers had close ties to the men.