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Jury Selection Resumes Tuesday In Second Trial Of Convicted Murderer

Posted June 19, 2006 8:51 a.m. EDT

— Jury selection resumes Tuesday for the second sentencing phase for a man convicted of killing a law enforcement officer in the line of duty.

In 1985, Timothy Allen was found guilty of killing North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Raymond Worley on Interstate 95 in Halifax County.

Allen was sentenced to die and was just hours away from execution in 1997 when a federal court overturned the sentence because jurors were not given proper instructions

Jury selection in this trial is expected to take about two weeks. Potential jurors are being asked upfront about their views on the death penalty. So far, four potential jurors have been rejected because they oppose the punishment.

The trial may take about six weeks. More than 70 witnesses are expected to testify for both the defense and the prosecution -- many of whom are former associates of Worley.

The new trial in Halifax County will ensure sentence instructions to the jury are clear and family and friends of the officer hope after 21 years there will be justice.