Jury selection complete and opening arguments set for today in Mt. Vernon man’s murder trial

Jury selection complete and opening arguments set for today in Mt. Vernon man’s murder trial

MT. VERNON, IL — Jurors have been selected in the 2020 Jefferson County case of a 31-year-old Mt. Vernon man accused of murdering his father. Traviel Gibson has remained in the Jefferson County Justice Center since his May 2020 arrest.

He appeared in court both Monday and Tuesday in street clothes and without restraints. Gibson is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count Class 2 felony robbery in connection with the shooting death of his father Sam Joseph Gibson, III.

According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, on the afternoon of May 13, 2020, a distraught woman entered the police department lobby and reported a man had possibly been shot at a home in the 1800 block of Cherry in Mt Vernon. She also reported another man at the residence had attacked her and stolen her phone. Officers reported that as they arrived at the home they witnessed Gibson run into the home where they observed a deceased man on the front porch of the home. Despite several commands from officers, Gibson refused to cooperate and exit the residence. Officers ultimately entered the residence to make contact with Gibson, who reportedly continued to resist officers resulting in one officer suffering minor injuries when taking him into custody.

The final jurors and alternates were selected Tuesday and the jury was instructed to return to court Wednesday morning for opening arguments.

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