Jury Selection Begins for Trial of Slaying Suspects


Jury selection begins Monday in the capital murder trial of two Washington men accused of killing a man in Albemarle County.

Shawn A. Breeden and Michael A. Carpenter are charged with the August 2002 death of Kevin Lee Hester. Jury selection is expected to last two days in federal court in Charlottesville.

Court papers accuse Breeden of conspiring to rob Hester to pay off debts from shooting dice in Washington. The 30-year-old Hester was ambushed, shot in the leg and head and stabbed in the throat and hest. Police found a small bag of cocaine at his feet.

Breeden's lawyers have argued in court papers that Hester was not an innocent victim, but a drug dealer killed while committing multiple felonies. Two other men who have pleaded guilty in the case are expected to testify for the prosecution.

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