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Cozzie Trial Begins

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A Jury is selected and opening statements are made in a murder trial two years in the making.


Steven Cozzie faces the possibilty of life in prison or even death if convicted of first degree murder....for the 2011 slaying of 15 year old Courtney Wilkes.


At 2 pm this afternoon...the jury of 4 men and 8 women were sworn in....leaving the floor open for the prosecution and the defense to give them a preview of what they can expect.


23 year old Steven Cozzie is accused of murdering 15 year old georgia resident Courtney Wilkes nearly to years ago to date


today...Cozzie's family and the Wilkes family were both present as both sides laid out what the jury should expect to see through the next week of testimony and evidence.


The prosecution paints cozzie as a cold blooded killer...who was seemly proud or boastful of his actions...allegedly bringing a friend to the crime scene later to show off his work.


While the defense stressed to the jury that the story is just that...a story...and pay attention to the testimonies this week


this has been a widely publicized case for two years hour we discuss the potential challeges the defense has in fighting the court of public opinion....and i tell you how the prosecution hopes to use that. Stay with us on news 13...theres much more to come in what should be a very emotional trial