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March 19, 2013

Jury selection underway in Mercer County murder trial

PRINCETON — Jury selection in Mercer County Circuit Court started this morning for the trial of a local man facing a charge of first-degree murder.

Marcus McKinley, 27, of Princeton, was arrested by Bluefield police after the May 19, 2011 murder of Ayana Patton, 18, of Bluefield. Patton died as the result of a gunshot wound while at the Opera House Apartments in downtown Bluefield. McKinley left Mercer County after the shooting and was later extradited from North Carolina.

McKinley is being tried before Judge Omar Aboulhosn.

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