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BRYAN, Texas (AP)

Defense begins in KFC slayings trial

The defense case is under way for a Tyler man accused in the infamous slayings of 5 people abducted from a Kilgore Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant a quarter-century ago.

Darnell Hartsfield faces life in prison if convicted of the five counts of capital murder. Prosecutors chose to not seek the death penalty in 1 of Texas' longest unresolved mass murders.

Prosecutors in the first two weeks of testimony built a circumstantial case against the 47-year-old Hartsfield to try to tie him to the abductions and murders. Hartsfield's cousin, Romeo Pinkerton, took a plea bargain a year ago midway through his own trial, agreeing to five life prison terms.

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