Powhatan murder case finally goes to trial

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POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - Nine months after 18-year-old Tahliek Taliaferro was shot to death, the case has finally gone to trial.

Over the next few days, prosecutors will present their case in an effort to prove that cousins Joey and Ethan Parrish are responsible for the murder.

Jury selection started at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Taliaferro's family were outside the courtroom and said they were frustrated because they were told they weren't allowed inside until a jury was seated.

Three potential jurors were dismissed because they were either related to the victim or grew up with him.

Shayvette Brice, Taliaferro's cousin, said that while it's painful to go through the trial, the family hopes the process clears up many discrepancies in the case.

"It's hard for me because we grew up together. He was always in my house. We were hip-to-hip," Brice said. "It hurts me a lot to be here, to know that he's gone. But I know that I have to be here. I have no choice - I'm here to support my cousin"

The trial is expected to take about three days.

NBC12 has a crew inside the courtroom and will update with more information as it becomes available.

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