Jury selection begins in case against BR man accused of killing grandfather

Advocate  Staff Photo by  MARK SALTZ --  Baton Rouge Police Department Detectives Brett Magee, left, and Brian Watson, right, escort Dustin Musso, center,  to a vehicle for transport in 2009. Show caption
Advocate Staff Photo by MARK SALTZ -- Baton Rouge Police Department Detectives Brett Magee, left, and Brian Watson, right, escort Dustin Musso, center, to a vehicle for transport in 2009.

BR man, 33, accused of killing grandfather by beating, burning

Jury selection is underway in the first-degree murder trial of a Baton Rouge man accused in the 2009 arson-related slaying of his grandfather.

Dustin Musso, 33, is charged in the killing of 76-year-old Peter Musso Jr. on May 5, 2009, at the elder Musso’s Glenda Drive home.

An autopsy revealed Peter Musso suffered trauma to his head and smoke inhalation.

Dustin Musso faces life in prison if convicted of murdering his grandfather. Prosecutors took the death penalty off the table in order to expedite the case and try him this year.