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Jury selected for Freddie Grant’s trial

Freddie Grant Freddie Grant
Gabrielle Swainson Gabrielle Swainson

The jury was chosen Thursday for Freddie Grant's federal trial, which starts Monday, on an ammunition charge following a property search during the Gabrielle Swainson investigation.

From a panel of about 100 residents, defense attorney John Delgado and federal prosecutor Stacey Haynes struck 24 names – 14 for the defense and 10 by the prosecution -- from a list of 36 random individuals. The 12 jurors, as well as four alternates, will report to federal court in Columbia on Monday to start a projected two-day trial.

Grant is charged with possession of ammunition by an individual who is disqualified to do so because of a prior conviction. The ammunition was recovered in Grant's Elgin home after law enforcement conducted a search of his property in connection to the case involving missing 15-year-old Swainson from her Northeast Columbia residence.

Judge Cameron Currie told the court Thursday that the facts in the case only have to prove that the ammunition found in Grant's home was manufactured outside of South Carolina and brought into Grant's home by interstate travel or foreign commerce.

Grant, who appeared in court Thursday wearing a white dress shirt and casual slacks, is suspected of kidnapping Swainson on Aug. 18, but he has not been charged in the teen's disappearance. Police found Swainson's hair in Grant's home after obtaining a search warrant, and police found her blood on duct tape near his property.

Elvia Swainson, the missing teen's mother, was not present for the jury selection. Prior to Grant's arrest, Elvia and Grant were in a relationship.

The jurors were told evidence from the police search at Grant's home is admissible in the case, which could mean information regarding materials related to Swainson's case could be released during trial proceedings.

Monday's trial will start at 10 a.m. with the prosecution's witnesses, which could include agents from the Richland County Sheriff's Department; Elgin Police Department; Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms; S.C. Law Enforcement Division; S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; Richland County Clerk of Court's office; Fairfield Electric Cooperative; and Kershaw County Register of Deeds office.

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