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Jury selection begins in 1964 civil rights murder trial

[JURIST] The trial of reputed Ku Klux Klan member Edgar Ray Killen [JURIST report] began on Monday with jury selection in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Killen is charged in connection with the 1964 murder [UMKC backgrounder] of three civil rights workers. About 400 people received summonses for the jury pool; several dozen were excused by late Monday morning. Opening arguments are expected on Wednesday or Thursday. AP has more.

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