Trial underway for former ETSU student charged with civil rights intimidation

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Monday marked the start of a trial for a former ETSU student charged with civil rights intimidation.

Students said Tristan Rettke dressed up as a gorilla during a black lives matter event on the campus of East Tennessee State University in September 2016.

NOVEMBER 2016: Tristan Rettke, accused of civil rights intimidation at ETSU, preliminary hearing re-scheduled for Dec. 19

Jury selection for Rettke’s trial began Monday morning.

Court proceeded after lunch with opening statements.

News Channel 11’s Jessica Fuller was inside the courtroom.

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