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Jury selection begins Monday in shooting case

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of a Lawrenceville man accused of gunning down a Snellville man outside a business in late 2006.

Police allege Christopher Benjamin Roesser, 25, shot and killed 25-year-old Keith Price on Dec. 20, 2006, during an apparent drug deal and avoided arrest by laying low at a friend's house for two months. He was later found and arrested in February 2007 and charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to distribute marijuana.

Judge Melodie Snell Conner will preside over the trial. Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney David Fife will prosecute.

Investigators say Roesser arranged to meet with Price to sell him marijuana and allegedly shot Price in the chest at some point during the transaction. The deal went down outside Averitt Express Inc., a trucking company located at 1156 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville.

Roesser disappeared following the shooting. He was arrested Feb. 8, 2007, on the back porch of a Buford residence after the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force received a tip regarding his whereabouts.