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The first murder trial in Marshall County since before the pandemic began a year ago is that of a Joppa man.

Dale Hopson is accused of murdering his wife, Joyce Bates Green Hopson, in April 2016 at their residence on Midfield Road between Joppa and Arab. He’s been in the Marshall County Jail awaiting trial since the shooting.

Prosecutors say Dale

The first murder trial in Marshall County since before the pandemic began a year ago is that of a Joppa man.

Dale Hopson is accused of murdering his wife, Joyce Bates Green Hopson, in April 2016 at their residence on Midfield Road between Joppa and Arab. He’s been in the Marshall County Jail awaiting trial since the shooting.

Prosecutors say Dale Hopson shot his wife in the head with a .357 magnum revolver murdering her. The defense attorney said the shooting was a tragic accident.

Jury selection began Monday, and opening statements were given Tuesday afternoon.

Jurors were social distanced in the courtroom with some sitting in the jury box and some sitting in the seats usually reserved for spectators.

Jurors were given the choice of whether to wear masks – and all of them did.

Prosecutors, the defense attorney, Hopson and spectators all wore masks as well, including members of the media.

The lawyers removed their masks while making their opening statements.

Marshall County Presiding Circuit Judge Chris Abel is presiding over the case. Marshall County District Attorney Everette Johnson and Chief Assistant District Attorney Ed Kellett are prosecuting the case, and Enzil Giles of Albertville is the defense attorney.

Kellett said in his opening statement that prosecutors would prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Hopson is guilty of murder.

Giles said the evidence would show that the shooting was a tragic accident and that Hopson isn’t guilty of any crime.

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