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Murder trial gets underway Monday

The retrial of David Lewis McGuire will get underway Monday in Monroe County superior court with jury selection. McGuire, 39, was granted a change of venue to Monroe earlier this year. He is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and four firearms charges in connection with the shooting death of his mother, 70-year-old Elaine Brown McGuire, at her Liz Acres Road home in Barnesville on Sept. 15, 2016. The first attempt to try the case ended in a mistrial in Lamar superior court on Oct. 27, 2017 with one juror holding out for acquittal. Elaine McGuire’s body was found by her daughter, Dana Lowe, who drove to Barnesville from her job in Peachtree City to check on her mother after not being able to reach her by phone. She found her mother dead and her brother, David, drunk to the point of incapacity. A revolver in the home had been fired six times. Elaine McGuire was hit four times; a grazing wound to her nose, a wound in the right side of her head, a wound in her right arm and a wound in her right chest. Both the head and chest wounds were fatal. A bag of .32 caliber ammo was found under the sheets on David McGuire’s bed. The trial, which will include witness testimony as well as that from responding officers and from GBI and state crime lab specialists, is expected to take all week.

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