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Jury Selection Begins In Murder For Hire Trial

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Attorneys are whittling a pool of 65 potential jurors down to just 16 people in the trial of an Idaho attorney charged with hiring a hitman to kill his wife.

Jury selection began Tuesday morning at the U.S. District Court in Boise, The Spokesman-Review reports. Sixty-five-year-old Edgar J. Steele, an attorney from northern Idaho, faces at least 30 years
in prison if convicted of the most serious charge  possession of a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence.

Federal prosecutors say Steele hired another man to kill his wife and mother-in-law because he was hoping for an insurance policy payout and because he wanted a relationship with another
woman. Steele's supporters maintain he's been framed by the government because he's represented unpopular clients, including the Aryan Nations.

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