The trial of William David Brown, the second suspect accused of killing a 25-year-old gay man, began Monday in a Polk County, Florida courtroom.

Jury selection ended Tuesday and jurors will begin hearing testimony on Monday, October 26, reported.

Prosecutors allege Brown and co-defendant Joseph Bearden killed Ryan Keith Skipper, whose body was found abandoned by the side of the road with 19 cuts.

Bearden was tried separately in February. He was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

During the trial, Associate Medical Examiner Vera Volnikh said a slash to the throat 3.5 inches deep killed Skipper, who quickly bled to death.

The coroner said it appeared as if Skipper attempted to fight off his attackers. Cuts found on the victim's hands, wrists and arms indicate he tried to block the knife. Some cuts were deeper than others, leaving the possibility that Skipper's 163-pound body blunted the blades of two knives.

A woman made the ghastly discovery of Skipper's bloody body stabbed to death sitting on the side of a dirt road that leads to the small town of Wahneta in the early hours of March 14, 2007.

Investigators first suggested that Skipper was killed because he made sexual advances towards one of the men. A claim friends, family and gay rights groups decried as character assassinations.

Skipper's parents turned to gay activism after the death of their son. Lynn Mulder, Skipper's stepfather, heads the Polk County chapter of Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians And Gays (PFLAG), a support group for gay allies.