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Race Riot Trial Gets White Jury

September 27, 2002|From Associated Press

YORK, Pa. — An all-white jury was seated Thursday in the trial of three white men charged with murder in the shooting death of a young black woman during York's 1969 race riots.

The jurors were selected from within York County, which is about 93% white. The city of York, about 85 miles west of Philadelphia, is about 25% black.

Former Mayor Charlie Robertson is among those on trial. Robertson, then a police officer, is accused of inciting white gang members and handing out ammunition to at least one of the shooters.

Two other defendants face up to life in prison if convicted.

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