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Trial Set to Begin in Missouri Bar Owner's Slaying

Posted: Apr 29, 2014 11:55 AM by The Associated Press
Updated: Apr 29, 2014 11:56 AM

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HARRISONVILLE (AP) - A Kansas City man is going on trial in the September 2012 shooting death of a popular Warrensburg bar owner.

Opening statements were expected to last much of Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of 28-year-old Reginald Singletary.

Investigators say Singletary initially confessed to killing 25-year-old Blaine Whitworth and said University of Central Missouri student from Saudi Arabia had paid him to do it.

Ziyad Abid was charged with the same crimes as Singletary and spent nearly a year in jail before prosecutors dropped the charges against him when a key witness stopped cooperating.

Jury selection in Cass County on a change of venue was to begin Tuesday morning in Harrisonville, with opening statements to follow in the afternoon.

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