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Frank Q. Jackson faces felonious assault and abduction charges in trial set to begin Tuesday

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Posted at 8:57 AM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 14:15:28-05

CLEVELAND — The trial for Frank Q. Jackson is set to begin on Tuesday following jury selection on Monday.

Mayor Frank Jackson's grandson faces trial on felonious assault and abduction charges after CMHA police say he punched, choked and beat an 18-year-old woman with a metal trailer hitch last June.

Cleveland city prosecutors initially declined to file charges against Jackson, citing a lack of evidence and the accuser's unwillingness to file charges. But in September the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office picked up the case and secured indictments against Jackson.

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Frank Q. Jackson in court.

During jury selection, Jackson's attorney asked potential jurors to focus on the facts of the case and the idea of self-defense in what he called a case "hand-picked" by the prosecutor's office.

The trial is expected to wrap-up later this week.

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