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Boggess Reads Bible as Trial Begins

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Todd Boggess enters court Friday
DURHAM — It was 18 months ago that a Wilmingtonteenager was beaten and left for dead in Durham. Friday, a jury heardprosecutors' arguments for a death penalty sentence for the accusedkiller.

Todd Boggess was silent as he entered the packed courtroom Friday, thenspent the day reading from a Bible at the defense table as Durham DistrictAttorney Jim Hardin proceeded with his opening statements.

The victim, 17-year-old Danny Pence, was an honor student inWilmington. Hardin says Boggess and his girlfriend kidnapped Pence, stolehis car and beat him to death.

Hardin told the jury that they will hear a taped confession fromBoggess. That tape was played in pre-trial hearings two months ago.

Pence's mother says her pain is difficult to put into words.

The Boggess trial will continue next week.

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