After deal rejected, trial moves forward for Vernon Holden

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - Jury selection is set to begin on Tuesday for Vernon Holden, 51 of Alexandria, the man arrested by the Alexandria Police Department in January for holding a gun to an officer's head during a stop for a traffic violation.

Vernon Holden | Photo Source: RPSO

Holden is charged with battery of a police officer, obstruction of a public passage, armed robbery with a firearm, two counts of disarming a police officer, two counts of firearm possession by a felon, and resisting arrest with force or violence.

Holden blamed the incident, in which he allegedly used the officer's TASER against him before holding a gun to his head, as "cultural differences," stating: "The officer is alive and is probably a due diligent peace officer trying to do his job, but perhaps due to cultural differences, he misunderstood me and him. Again, I apologize for that."

On Monday, Holden declined a last-minute plea offer from the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office. He's actually second in line for trial this week in Judge Mary Doggett's courtroom, right behind Desmond Harris. But, clerk of court records indicated that they both would still move forward.

Holden is being represented by Allen Smith. The case is being prosecuted by Kelvin Sanders.

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