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Man accused of killing attorney pleads guilty to 2 counts, will go on trial for homicide charge

His trial begins on Tuesday
Posted at 6:39 AM, Jan 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-18 16:19:42-05

MILWAUKEE — The trial begins Tuesday for the man accused of shooting and killing a Milwaukee immigration attorney last year.

Before jury selection began in Edgecomb's trial, he pleaded guilty to a felony and misdemeanor bail jumping counts, leaving a jury with 1 count to decide on at trial: 1st Degree Intentional Homicide.

On Tuesday, jury selection was set to begin at the Milwaukee County Court. However, the judge overseeing the trial striked the entire panel of 50 jurors on Tuesday. Four or five of the jurors were accidentally shown on the court's live feed, which can be viewed online.

As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, a new set of 50 jurors were being brought in for jury selection.

Thirty-two-year-old Theodore Edgecomb faces a first-degree intentional homicide charge in the shooting death of 54-year-old Jason Cleereman in September of 2020.

At the time of the shooting, Edgecomb was out on bond and not supposed to have a gun.

Investigators believe it happened after some sort of argument on the road between Edgecomb and Cleereman, which ended in Edgecomb shooting Cleereman. Prosecutors indicate they plan to show surveillance video of Edgecomb punching Cleereman during this encounter.

The shooting happened back in September 2020. I

Edgecomb is set to claim self-defense in the trial. Edgecomb's defense argues that Cleereman was an aggressor. The defense is also relying on surveillance video, which they say shows Cleereman following Edgecomb in his car before Cleereman gets out of the car and approaches Edgecomb.

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