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Trial begins in Olde Pink House standoff

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

When a crime captivates a city, involves an historic landmark and draws national attention, it's hard to find 12 impartial men and women.

It took more than six hours Wednesday to select a jury in the Chatham County Superior Court case against Kevin Brooks and Brian Jones, suspects in the May standoff at the Olde Pink House.

Police say Brooks took Earl Hamilton Jr. hostage and forced him at gunpoint to drive to Broughton Street in Hamilton's Jaguar.

That's when Savannah-Chatham Police Officer Trina Mayes spotted them and fired her gun. Brooks allegedly ran into the Olde Pink House restaurant and hid. It took several hours for officers to find him and pull him out.

Brian Jones is Brooks' alleged accomplice, and police say he held Hamilton's 12-year-old son against his will back at the Hamilton's home on Milton Street.

Both men have been charged with armed robbery, false imprisonment and aggravated assault. Brooks also faces a kidnapping charge. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Brian Jones' mother was in court Wednesday, and WTOC asked her about her son's involvement.

"Innocent," Jeania Jones said. "I'm quite sure something went on. But the facts will come out in court."

Opening statements are scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Chatham County Courthouse.

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