Puranda trial starts in federal court
WINSTON-SALEM — The federal criminal trial began today involving a former Salisbury Police officer accused of using excessive force during arrests in 2009.
Attorneys have seated six jurors and will seat another eight, including two alternate jurors, who will hear the case against Kareem Cesar Puranda.
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder said opening arguments could begin today if a jury is seated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Graham Green is prosecuting the case and attorney Chris Fialko is representing Puranda.
Puranda was accused of using excessive force in two arrests in 2009. One of those involved Robin Otto Worth, who settled with the city in a lawsuit against Puranda and the department last month. The lawsuit was in response to the 2009 incident.
Several Salisbury Police officers are expected to testify in the trial, but testimony isn’t expected until Tuesday at the earliest.