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Antoine Tyree Williams, right, listens as his defense attorney Nellie O’Mara questions potential jurors Tuesday during jury selection for his trial at the Floyd County Courthouse in Charles City. Williams is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Nathaniel Fleming in Charles City on June 30.

CHRIS ZOELLER, MASON CITY GLOBE GAZETTE

CHARLES CITY -- Six men and eight women were selected as jurors for a trial involving a Chicago native who allegedly killed a Mason City man this past June.

Antoine Tyree Williams, 36, was charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting Nathaniel Fleming, 36, outside of the Casa Apartments in Charles City at around 10 p.m. on June 30, according to police.

On Tuesday, the opening day of the trial, Iowa Assistant Attorney General Coleman McAllister and Williams' attorney, Nellie O'Mara, questioned more than 30 men and women about their ability to be fair and impartial jurors.

O'Mara had previously argued that because of media coverage, Williams would not be able to get a fair trial in Floyd County, and it should be moved. Judge Rustin Davenport denied the motion last month.

Mikhail "Mike Casa" Geister, owner of the Casa Apartments, told the Globe Gazette in July he has been trying to make the complex safer since the incident. He added that Williams had been living there since Feb. 1, and that Fleming was not a resident.

"We cooperated with police and tightened our screening process,” Geister told the Globe Gazette in June. “We had a meeting with police to discuss how we can work together to clean up the property, and police will be helping with our efforts in the future.”

The courtroom was filled to the brim Tuesday, until McAllister and O'Mara finished picking 14 jurors at about 4:30 p.m.

The trial will resume Wednesday at the Floyd County Courthouse at 9 a.m.

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