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Retrial begins for Cary man accused in wife's slaying

Posted June 1, 2009 10:12 a.m. EDT

— Jury selection started Monday in the retrial of a Cary man accused of killing his wife almost six years ago.

Myron Britt is charged with first-degree murder in the August 2003 shooting death of his wife, Nancy Britt, a Wake County teacher, at her sister's Robeson County home.

Authorities said Myron Britt was in financial trouble and wanted to collect on his wife's $800,000 life insurance policy. Defense attorneys have maintained that the couple was happy and that Myron Britt had no motive to kill his wife.

A June 2006 trial ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of conviction.