UPDATE: Preston teen murder trial jurors to be selected

Jonjo Highton, who was killed in St Stephen's Road, Deepdale, with mum Tracey
Jonjo Highton, who was killed in St Stephen's Road, Deepdale, with mum Tracey
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Court has reassembled for the afternoon session on the first day of the trial of eight men accused of murdering Preston teen Jon-Jo Highton.

A panel of 12 jurors will be selected from a pool of 70 to try the case.

Potential jurors have been handed a questionnaire to rule out any possible links to the case.

The prosecution will begin to outline the case on Wednesday morning.

The dock at Preston crown court is filled with eight men charged with murdering Jon-Jo and three charged with assisting and offender, along with 11 dock officers sitting alongside the defendants.

Dad-of-one Jon-Jo, 18, died of a neck injury after police were called to reports of a stabbing in St Stephen’s Road, Deepdale on August 23 last year.

A post-mortem revealed Jon-Jo suffered a number of injuries including the fatal wound - believed to have been caused by a knife.

Owen Whitesmith, 19, of Glebe Close Fulwood; Arron Graham, 23, Ripon Street, Preston; Stephen Walton, 24, of no fixed address; Craig Walton, 26, of Watling Street Road, Fulwood; Joshua Bore, 19, of Morris Road, Ribbleton; Zaahid Patel, 20, of Park Avenue, Preston; Mohammed Sabbah Dal, 20, of Alice Square, Preston; and Minhaj Musa, 21, of Deepdale Road, Preston all deny murder.

Liam Tunstall, 26, of Mark Close, Penwortham; John Wilding, 36, of Everton Street, Darwen and Stuart Eastham, 32, Gisburn Road, Ribbleton deny assisting an offender.