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Jury selection begins for suspect in Charlotte triple homicide

Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of Justin Hurd, who is accused of a triple homicide nearly six years ago in Charlotte.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Hurd, 35, is charged with the deaths of Kevin Ashley Young, 34, Kinshasa Wagstaff, 33, and Jasmine Ranae Hines, 18. The three were killed Feb. 4, 2008.

The bodies of Young and Wagstaff were found inside the charred remains of a burned house on Patricia Ryan Drive in northwest Charlotte. The body of Hines, who was Wagstaff’s niece, was discovered a few hours later by a motorist along the side of Howell Ridge Road in Huntersville.

Hurd evaded arrest for more than a year.

He was taken into custody Feb. 12, 2009, in a hotel in Beavercreek, Ohio, near Dayton.

Police have not said what they think the motive for the killings might have been.

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