WARREN -- Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the murder trial of a man charged with strangling his mother and fatally beating and shooting his father in a rage.
Jury selection could take up to two weeks in the Trumbull County Common Pleas Court trial in Warren for Louis R. Mann, 33, in the death of his parents two years ago.
More than 150 prospective jurors were summoned for duty.
If Mann is convicted in the Sept. 30, 2011, murders of 59-year-old Phillip Mann and 53-year-old Frances Mann and the theft of their car, a jury will be asked whether Mann should be executed.
Police say the defendant, a married father of two, admitted strangling his mother with a clothesline during an argument, then "took out 31 years of rage" on his father by hitting him in the head with a flashlight and shooting him.
A woman in the motel room with Mann where he was arrested said she smoked crack cocaine with him the same day he's accused of murdering his parents, stealing their 1982 Cadillac, credit cards and picking up the 27-year-old woman.
Mann had been living with his parents since his release from the Trumbull County jail several days earlier and was cooking a hamburger when he and his mother got into a dispute over his child, he told police.
"Louis said he became enraged and grabbed a clothesline from on top of the refrigerator and strangled his mother to death," according to an affidavit filed with the court.
"Louis then stated ... that his father came into the room with a .22 bolt-action rifle ... he got the gun away from his father. Louis then stated he picked up a Mag flashlight and took out 31 years of rage on his father's head.' Louis then stated he shot his father," the affidavit said.
Mann's defense team consists of Gregory Meyers, Matthew Pentz and David Rouzzo of the Ohio Public Defender's Office.