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Jury selection in piracy, murder case begins

Tuesday - 6/4/2013, 7:10pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Jury selection in the trial of three Somalis charged with piracy and the murders of four Americans aboard a yacht has begun in Virginia.

The yacht's owners, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., and their friends, Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death in February 2011 after they were taken hostage at sea several hundred miles south of Oman. Prosecutors and defense attorneys began narrowing down the jury pool in federal court in Norfolk on Tuesday. Jury selection will continue on Wednesday.

Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh could face the death penalty if they're convicted in the Americans' deaths.

The trial is expected to last up to six weeks.

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