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Murder Suspect's Trial To Begin Again After Second Round Of Jury Selection

Posted June 17, 2005

— The trial of a man accused of murdering a 5-year-old girl is scheduled to begin again Monday after one mistrial and two rounds of jury selection.

Eric Lane is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and a first-degree sex offense in the 2002 death of Precious Whitfield.

Lane's trial was supposed to begin in May, but a judge granted Lane's motion to start over with jury selection after Lane objected to how the names of the jurors had been called.

Lane's original trial was delayed several times for mental evaluations; and juror misconduct led to a mistrial last year.

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