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Jury Selection To Start In Fatal Road-Rage Case

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A man charged with second-degree murder in a 2006 road-rage incident is expected to get a new trial this week in northern Idaho.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports (http://bit.ly/zUV9E3) jury selection was to begin Wednesday in the retrial of 51-year-old Jonathan W. Ellington. Prosecutors say Ellington was involved in a road-rage incident that turned deadly when he ran over 41-year-old Vonette Lee Larsen.

She later died of massive head trauma. Ellington was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the death.

But the Idaho Supreme Court ruled last year he should get a new trial, citing prosecutorial misconduct and the likelihood that a state police officer committed perjury. The Idaho State Police has countered that an internal investigation found Cpl. Fred Rice did not lie on the witness stand.
 
      
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