Trial for Rayquan Borum, charged with murder during Charlotte protests, starts today

Jury selection is expected to start today in the trial of Rayquan Borum, who is accused of killing a man on the streets of uptown Charlotte as protests swept the city in September 2016.

Family members said Justin Carr, who died near the Omni Hotel on Sept. 21, 2016, was attending his first public protest. He was one of hundreds of people protesting a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer’s killing of Keith Lamont Scott in uptown that night.

Borum, now 24, was arrested and charged with murder two days after Carr was shot.

The events of that night have been contested ever since. Activists who say they were standing near Carr when he was shot insist a rubber bullet from police killed him — not Borum. Experts have told the Observer that Carr was killed by a conventional bullet.

Charlotte Uprising activists have protested the jailing of Borum for more than two years, and they are expected to attend the trial in Mecklenburg County court.

The trial could last three weeks to a month, according to legal observers.