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Judge discusses death in Alabama gambling retrial

Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The federal judge presiding over Alabama's gambling corruption trial has told potential jurors that they should not let the death of defendant Ray Crosby impact their deliberations.

Jury selection began Monday morning in federal court in Montgomery. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson told jurors that Crosby died a week ago from natural causes and that caused a one-week delay in the trial. Six defendants remain for the retrial.

Defense attorneys read lists of potential witnesses in court Monday morning, including former Gov. Bob Riley, former Attorney General Troy King, former Lt. Gov. Steven Windom, House Speaker Mike Hubbard, former House Speaker Seth Hammett, and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh. The list also includes entertainers Randy Owen, George Jones and Lorrie Morgan. None of them testified in the original trial.

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