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Jury selection underway in Columbus murder retrial

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60 potential jurors will have to report back to a Columbus courtroom tomorrow as jury selection continues in the retrial of the man accused of killing then-Muscogee County Superintendent Dr. Jim Burns in 1992.

Kareem Lane was 17-years-old when prosecutors say he stabbed Burns inside his home. 20 years later, in 2012, he went on trial for the crime. A hung jury resulted in a mistrial and earlier this year, prosecutors announced plans to retry lane.

Today, about 100 potential jurors were ushered into Judge Bobby Peter's courtroom in the Government Center. They gave the judge reasons why they should be excused from the murder trial.

Lane's attorney, Stacey Jackson, says they're ready for a new jury to hear the evidence. “Having to re-live the trial again at least this time he's not sitting in the county jail waiting on trial. At least he has the ability to be with his family,” says Jackson.

Dr. Burn's family was also in the courtroom today for the first day of jury selection. While they didn't want to go on camera, they say this has been devastating for their family.

Lane, who's had a son since the last trial, is free on a $30,000 bond.



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