Jury selection at the murder trial of a Billings man who says he acted in self-defense when he shot a friend at least a dozen times will continue Wednesday in Yellowstone County District Court.
After a full day Tuesday of questioning potential jurors in the case of Jeffery Todd Guy, Judge G. Todd Baugh sent the remaining pool members home at about 5:30 p.m.
Jury selection will continue Wednesday morning, followed by opening statements when the final jury panel is selected, the judge said.
Guy is charged with deliberate homicide for the March 20, 2011, shooting death of 44-year-old Scott Warren "Frog" Maxson.
Guy, 44, is also charged with two counts of felony tampering. Those charges allege that Guy dragged Maxson's body out of his Broadwater Avenue house and threw shell casings into a fire.
The trial is scheduled to last into next week.
Guy and his court-appointed lawyers are expected to argue at trial that Maxson was killed in self-defense. According to a defense trial brief, Guy shot Maxson 12 or 13 times with a .45-caliber MAC 10 pistol after Maxson threatened him with a sword.
The threat followed a confrontation between the two longtime friends about Guy's work as a drug informant in the mid-1990s, Guy's lawyers state in court records.
Much of the prosecution's case is expected to center on Guy's actions after the shooting. Guy waited several hours after the shooting before calling 911 to report that he had found a man's body in the alley behind his house while taking out the trash.
When officers arrived, they found drag marks and a blood trail from the body to Guy's back door. Guy later gave a lengthy recorded statement to police detectives that is expected to be played for the jury.
The prosecution also will rely on scientific evidence, including the results of DNA testing done on the sword that Guy said Maxson took off his wall and used to threaten him, court records state.
Prosecutors have indicated they intend to call as many as 25 witnesses to testify during the trial.