KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled to take
place Tuesday morning in the trial for three men facing first-degree
murder charges in the shooting death of a Knoxville high school student
who died shielding girls from gunfire.
Drone Bassett, Kipling Deshawn Colbert and Richard Gregory Williams III
are facing trial in connection with the death of Zaevion Dobson. A jury
was selected Monday.
was shot in December 2015 while protecting two friends in his Knoxville
neighborhood. Dobson was praised by then-President Barack Obama as a
hero shortly after the 15-year-old's death.
Dobson, who had been a
promising football player at Fulton High School, received the Arthur
Ashe Courage Award at the 2016 ESPYs. The award recognizes individuals
embodying the spirt of Ashe, who dedicated his life to human rights