Jury seated in Marquise Jones civil rights lawsuit

City of SA, Officer Robert Encina sued for wrongful death

SAN ANTONIOUpdated at 1:40 p.m.:

A jury was seated for the trial. After a lunch break, a judge will issue an oath to jurors, possibly followed by opening arguments.

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Jury selection started Monday in the civil rights lawsuit filed by members of Marquise Jones' family.

Relatives of the 23-year-old man, who was shot and killed by San Antonio police Officer Robert Encina in February 2014, are seeking unspecified monetary damages.

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According to court documents, the lawsuit names Encina, the city of San Antonio and others for the wrongful death of Jones, who was shot and killed after a minor accident outside Chacho's and Chalucci's restaurant on Perrin Beitel Road. 

Although Encina was off duty from his Police Department job at the time, he was working security for the restaurant.

Encina said that he believed Jones had a weapon and that he feared for his life.

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Jones' family maintains that he was not armed and that Encina shot him in the back.

A grand jury reviewed the case and decided in December 2015 not to move forward with any criminal charges against the officer.

The jury being seated in the federal court house will weigh in on a civil case.

Although court documents mention that the family is seeking damages, there is no specific dollar amount mentioned.  The documents state that the family seeks damages in line with what the court allows.


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