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Second Brother's Trial Begins in Food Lion Case

Posted September 23, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Opening arguments began Monday in Raleigh's second so-called Food Lion murder trial.

Robert McNeil, who is already serving a 23-year sentence for robbing a different Food Lion store in 1993, could join his brother Elmer Ray on death row if he is convicted of participating in the murder two supermarket employees in 1993.

Elmer Ray McNeil, 25, is expected to testify for the prosecution during the trial. Testimony alone is expected to last for at least six weeks.

Michael Truelove and John Ray, both employed at the Food Lion in North Raleigh at Six Forks and Strickland Roads, were closing the store for the night when they were shot in the back of their heads by intruders.