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Jury Selection Begins In Trial For 1964 Civil Rights Slayings

 Jury selection is set to begin today in the trial of a reputed Ku Klux Klansman accused in the killings of three civil rights workers four decades ago.

Edgar Killen, an 80-year-old part-time preacher, is the only person ever indicted on state murder charges in the 1964 murders. He was acquitted in a federal civil rights trial several years after the killings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. They disappeared after being stopped along an isolated road in Mississippi. Investigators say they were beaten and shot to death, with their bodies found weeks later buried in an earthen dam.

Security is expected to be tight around the courthouse in Mississippi, where a jury will be chosen from a pool of about 400 people. The trial could last two weeks.

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