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Food Lion Murder Trial Begins First Day

Posted March 17, 1996

— March 18, 1996, 3 p.m. EST Photos of the crime scene were expected to be introduced Monday afternoon during the so-called Food Lion murder trial. Two employees of the grocery chain were found shot to death in a Raleigh store in September, 1993.

Elmer Ray McNeill, Junior is on trial for the execution-style murders that occurred in a North Raleigh branch of the Food Lion stores.

Mike Truelove and John Ray were the two employees found dead by police. The men had been closing up for the night when an intruder shot each man in the back of the head during a robbery. There were no witnesses, and the murder weapon has not been found.

Monday morning Ray's widow, Chris, described for the jurors how on that September night she could not get an answer to the phone in the store

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