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Jury Selection Begins In Cary Contractor's Murder Trial

Posted May 9, 2006

— Jury selection began Monday in a high-profile trial of a Cary contractor accused of killing his wife.

Prosecutors say Myron Britt shot his wife, Nancy Britt, a Wake County schoolteacher, at her childhood home in Lumberton in 2003. The motive, investigators say, was to collect insurance money.

Both the prosecution and the defense expect jury selection to last more than two weeks. Each side believes it might be difficult to find people who do not know the parties in the case or too much about the case itself.

After the jury is seated, the trial is expected to last at least two more weeks.

Prosecutors say forensic evidence links Britt to the shooting death. Defense attorneys, however, question police work in the case, saying their own experts will prove the forensic evidence helps their case, instead.

District Attorney Johnson Britt is prosecuting the case against Britt. Woodberry Bowen and former prosecutor Joe Freeman Britt are representing Myron Britt. None of the Britts are related.

If convicted, Myron Britt could face the death penalty.

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