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Murder Trial Begins in Laurel

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LAUREL -- Trial begins today for a Jones County man accused of killing a toddler.   Justin Blakeney allegedly killed 2-year-old Victoria Viner back in 2009.

In jail, he told a cell-mate that he killed her because she was a "half-breed" and he was trying to gain favor with the Aryan Nation gang.

Jury selection took place today.   Assistant District Attorney J. Ronald Parrish said the jury will be sequestered.  About 20 witnesses have been subpoenaed to testify.

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