Trial hinging on dying Ohio man’s blinks begins

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jury selection got under way Monday in the trial of an Ohio man charged with murder in the shooting of a man authorities say identified his assailant by blinking his eyes while paralyzed and hooked up to a ventilator.

Authorities say 35-year-old Ricardo Woods shot David Chandler in the head and neck in Cincinnati in 2010. Chandler died about two weeks later.

Prosecutors plan to show jurors a videotaped police interview which they say shows Chandler blinking three times for yes to identify a photo of Woods as his shooter.

The defense tried to block the video, saying Chandler’s blinks were inconsistent and unreliable. The judge ruled jurors can see it.

Woods also is charged with felonious assault and weapons counts, and faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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