KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The trial for two suspects accused in the shooting death of 16-year-old Stanley Freeman Jr. is set to begin Monday with jury selection in a Knox County courtroom.

The cases against suspects Deondre Davis and Rashan Jordan had already been moved from juvenile to adult court ahead of a grand jury’s indictment last June. Davis was 16 at the time of the shooting. Jordan was 14 at the time.

Davis and Jordan are accused of shooting and killing Freeman, who had been leaving school at Austin-East Magnet High School in his vehicle on the afternoon of Feb. 12, 2021. Initial police reports indicated that the shots were fired in the area of Tarleton Avenue. Freeman was struck by at least one round before fleeing the scene and crashing on Wilson Avenue.

Investigators believed Freeman had not been the intended target of the shooting.

With his death, Freeman was one of three teenagers who were each separately shot and killed within a month near the Austin-East community in early 2021. By August of that year, a total of six current and former Austin-East students had been gunned down in separate incidents.

Now, Davis and Jordan are facing first-degree murder charges in connection with Freeman’s death. Criminal Defense Attorney Greg Isaacs is representing Davis, while Hoai Robinette is representing Rashan Jordan.

WATE’s Kristen Gallant has been reporting during the jury selection:

On Monday, Judge Steve Sword sent most of the potential jurors to lunch while attorneys were questioning some individually without other potential jurors in the courtroom, according to Gallant.

Sword said the jury had heard of the case but had minimum knowledge about the circumstances.

After a short recess, several jurors were dismissed and several new ones were added to the pool. The state along with the defendants’ attorneys continued their questioning of the new potential jurors.

Soon, nine were excused during jury selection and nine more were added.

Finally, the jury selection reached a conclusion. The court is still down 16 potential jurors, according to Gallant.

The court will continue Tuesday around 9 a.m.

In another case involving these suspects, Davis and Jordan are also accused of shooting at Austin-East student John John Mathis and an unidentified female as they drove away from the school in January 2021, along with then-17-year-old Ahmad GatlinGatlin would be tried as an adult and had faced charges including attempted first-degree murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

Mathis was killed in an August 2021 shooting that remains unsolved.