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Eleby jury selected; trial begins Wednesday

Jury selection in the murder trial of Lakievius Eleby was completed at 4:30 p.m. Monday *************** ©The Herald Gazette/barnesville.com: This information may not be reprinted, broadcast or distributed electronically in any form or fashion without express consent. For reprint permission, e-mail news@barnesville.com. *************** Twelve jurors and two alternates were chosen to decide the fate of the accused killer. There are indications trial proceedings will not begin until Wednesday morning. That will be clarified soon. UPDATE: Defense attorney Pamela Bettis has raised a Paxton’s challenge regarding the racial make-up of the jury and the panels of potential jurors from which it was selected. Of the 12 jurors chosen, only two are black. Both alternates are white. Sixty percent of the original panel was white; 40% was black. The prosecution struck eight blacks and one white. Seventy seven percent of the defense’s strikes were white. Judge Tommy Wilson denied the challenge motion.

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