Jury selection in the trial of sacked Dallas cop Amber Guyger begins on Friday, media reports say.
Guyger, off duty and in uniform, shot dead unarmed Saint Lucian Botham Jean on September 6, 2018.
She claimed she mistook his apartment for hers and thought he was a burglar.
Both lived in the same apartment complex.
Guyger was subsequently fired from her job, originally charged with manslaughter but later indicted for murder.
The case has sparked outrage in the United States and in Jean’s native Saint Lucia as another example of the violence perpetrated by white US police officers against black males.
Dallas Morning News has reported that in selecting the jury in the case, Attorneys are likely to weed out individuals who seem extremely pro-police or sympathetic to the cause of groups such as Black Lives Matter.
Black Lives Matter campaigns against violence targetting black people, especially police killings of Afro-Americans.
According to Dallas Morning News, jurors will have to decide whether Guyger committed a crime based on the evidence that will be presented in the case.
They will also have to consider whether she is guilty of murder, manslaughter or something else, it was reported.
Guyger’s trial will start on September 23, 2019.
Dallas cops were informed that they will not be given time off from the start of the trial through at least October 7, local media said last week.