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Jury selection underway in case of 1984 killing

Posted: Aug 12, 2014 8:07 AM by The Associated Press
Updated: Aug 12, 2014 3:14 PM

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- Thirty years after a St. Charles woman was killed, jury selection is underway for one of the men accused of killing her.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Brian McBenge and his brother, Cecil McBenge, were charged with first-degree murder in 2011 after DNA testing allegedly linked them to the Nov. 4, 1984, death of 84-year-old Elenora Knoernschild.

Court documents indicate that McBenge had previously dated Knoernschild's granddaughter. Authorities allege that McBenge knew she kept money hidden in her home.
The victim was found in her bedroom. Her home had been ransacked.

A message seeking comment from McBenge's attorney was not immediately returned.

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