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Opening statements expected in Kan. murder trial

Opening statements expected in Kan. capital murder case over 14-year-old girl's death By The Associated Press

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) ' Attorneys are expected lay out their cases in the trial of a Kansas man accused of killing a 14-year-old girl and burning her body at the asphalt plant where he worked.

Opening statements are set Thursday in the capital murder trial of 38-year-old Adam Longoria. The Great Bend man faces life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder in the August 2010 death of Alicia DeBolt.

Prosecutors have portrayed Longoria as obsessed with the girl since meeting her at a party.

Jury selection edged closer to completion Wednesday with 44 jurors accepted into the pool after three days of questioning.

A panel of 12 jurors and two alternates will be finalized Thursday once attorneys use their rights to dismiss some jury candidates without having to offer a reason.

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