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Witness with the flu delays jury selection in 'wrong neighborhood' beating trial until March

Donald Dickerson (Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office) Donald Dickerson (Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office)

Jury selection for the trial of a man accused of beating a family at a gas station he allegedly told was in the "wrong neighborhood" has been continued until March.

Jurors for the second-degree battery trial of Donald Dickerson, 42, of Baton Rouge, will not begin until March 30. Judge Louis Daniel's office said proceedings were postponed because one of the witnesses has the flu.

Jury selection was originally scheduled to get underway Monday, but was then pushed to Tuesday due to the sick witness, before being rescheduled for March.

Dickerson is facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison if he is convicted as a habitual offender.

He is accused of beating a man, his wife and their daughter 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. Conviction carries an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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