A North Texas case that made international headlines is back in the news.
Tuesday, Itamar Vardi, the neighbor of Fort Worth mother Jacqueline Craig, appeared in municipal court for the first day of his trial.
Back in December of 2016, Vardi and Craig’s son got into a dispute after he claims he saw the boy litter.
Craig said her son told her that Vardi grabbed him and started choking him while they were arguing. That prompted her to call Fort Worth Police, which dispatched Officer William Martin to the scene.
In a now infamous viral video recorded on a cell phone, Craig tells Martin about her son’s account of what happened, to which he responds, “Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?”
Craig then argues that Vardi had no right to put his hands on her son, regardless of whether he littered. Martin then responds, “Why not?”
From there, the conversation became more heated, and ended with Martin putting Craig and her two daughters in handcuffs.
All charges were eventually dropped against Craig and her daughters. Martin was suspended for 10 days and reassigned.
For his alleged role in the incident, Vardi was issued a citation for assault by offensive contact, which is a misdemeanor.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Jury selection got underway Tuesday morning for his trial. Because the case has received so much publicity, attorneys asked potential jurors to fill out special questionnaires ahead of the hearing.
If he’s found guilty, Vardi faces up to a $569 fine.