Jury selection begins in trial over teen slain 8 years ago

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) -- Jury selection has started in the trial of a Tennessee man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing a teenager in the summer of 2000.

Judge Timothy Starks swore in hundreds of potential jurors Tuesday, in an attempt to seat a panel in the case of Quincy Omar Cross of Tiptonville, Tenn. Cross is one of three people charged in the death of 18-year-old Jessica Currin.

Her body was found behind a Mayfield school in August 2000.

A separate trial will be held for two other defendants, Tamara Caldwell and Jeffery Burton.

Prosecutors believe that Cross, Burton and Caldwell kidnapped Currin, forced her to engage in sexual acts and then killed her on July 30, 2000. Two other defendants have pleaded guilty to charges of abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence in the case.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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