Judge delays jury selection in trial for man accused in 'wrong neighborhood' family beating

Judge delays jury selection in trial of man accused in 'wrong neighborhood' family beating

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man accused of a gas station beating two years ago was scheduled in court on Monday for the start of jury selection for his battery trial, but it was postponed until Tuesday.

Judge Louis Daniel's clerk said jury selection was continued because a witness is sick, but the process will get underway Tuesday.

Donald Dickerson, 42, of Baton Rouge is accused of beating a man, his wife and their daughter at a gas station. Before the attack, he allegedly told the victims they were in the "wrong neighborhood."

The attack happened at the Chevron station on Plank Road at Scenic Highway in May of 2013. Police arrested Dickerson on a charge of second-degree battery and ticketed two others. They are all accused of punching the family.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported one of the victims suffered a broken eye socket, broken nose and several lacerations to the face. According to the probable cause report, he and his wife were knocked unconscious.

District Attorney Hillar Moore said his office will try Dickerson as a habitual offender. If convicted of being a habitual offender, Dickerson would automatically receive a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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