Dickerson's second-degree murder trial begins

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

Opening statements began Thursday morning in DeQuincy man Jon Talbert Dickerson’s second-degree murder trial.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers finished picking the 12-person jury and two alternates Wednesday evening.

In picking the jury, defense attorney King Alexander said the trial could last until early next week.

Dickerson, 31, 617 Oak St., is on trial for the March 2009 slaying of 51-year-old Darrell Schaub.

Schaub was found dead behind a DeQuincy motel, his body covered by a mattress. He had reportedly been dead for a few days

when he was found.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso said DNA found on Schaub’s clothes and in his truck linked Dickerson to the crime.

Dickerson is being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $500,000 bond.