ORLANDO, Fla. - A teenage girl who remains in a coma after being shot in crossfire while leaving an Orlando church last year made a courtroom appearance to face her alleged shooter.
The jury has been selected on Monday in the trial for 20-year-old Tyrone Mosby, who's charged in the shooting of Danielle Sampson, at the Orange County Courthouse.
Eight jurors were sworn in Monday afternoon, 1 woman and 7 men. The first day of the trial will begin Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Danielle was originally going to be brought to the courthouse for a news conference on Monday, but Orange County law enforcement officials said they spotted a gang member associated with Mosby near the courthouse, prompting extra security measures and the cancellation of the news conference.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office later said, however, that Danielle used a separate entrance to accommodate her wheelchair.
Danielle was 15 years old and a sophomore at Apopka High School when she and her family got caught in crossfire as they left church July 29 in their van. Danielle was shot in the head by a stray bullet.
Police said Mosby, who was 19 at the time of the shooting, was one of several people who had burglarized a home and shot at the homeowner as they ran away.
According to the family spokesman, the parents of Danielle hope their daughter's court appearance will remind others of the innocent victims who suffer as a result of gun violence.
"Danielle's parents wanted him to see the consequences of the actions when he chose to use a gun," family attorney Natalie Jackson said. "This about stopping senseless gun violence."
Jackson said she is helping support the family throughout Danielle's recovery.
"Danielle's family's life is ruined, she is under 24 hour care, they're riding a bus because this senseless gun violence ruined their car for her."
If found guilty, Mosby faces up to life in prison.
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