Jury selection starts in Connecticut murder trial

Robert Graham (Photo provided by the Bloomfield Police Dept.)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jury selection has started for the trial of a man charged with killing a 23-year-old woman in Connecticut two years ago.

The Hartford Court reports that prosecutors and defense lawyers began picking a jury Monday for Robert Lee Graham‘s murder trial scheduled to start in January.

Related: Judge: State can continue prosecution in slaying of woman

The 61-year-old Hartford man is charged with killing Tashauna Jackson, who was last seen the evening of Aug. 11, 2015, when she left her mother’s home with Graham.

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Tashauna Jackson

Her body was found a week later behind a Bloomfield store.

Related: Man Charged with Tashauna Jackson’s Murder to Appear in Court

Police say Jackson’s blood was found inside a van belonging to Graham, and that Graham lied about the van’s whereabouts.

Graham is being held on $2 million bond. He has denied killing Jackson and his lawyer has said the evidence against him is weak.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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