Murder Trial Underway in Midland

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The first of three murder trials in the death of a former Permian football player is under way in Midland.

Jury selection for the trial of 21-year old Miguel Chatman was completed on Tuesday morning and opening arguments began after lunch.

Chatman is one of three men accused of shooting Jermaine Swearington in the parking lot of the now-closed 'Pleasures' nightclub last January.

Swearington, a Sul Ross and former Permian football player, died from multiple gunshots to his legs and chest.

Police say they recovered more than 30 shell casings from the parking lot.

Timothy Braziel and Melvin Lenard are also accused in the crime.

Their trial dates have not yet been set.