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Opening statements delayed in salmonella outbreak trial

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Opening statements have been delayed in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia.

U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands said Thursday's proceedings would end early and that opening statements would begin at 8 a.m. Friday. Judge Sands said he did not want the statements, which are expected to last four hours, to be disrupted.

A jury of 12 plus six alternates were seated Thursday, comprised of 10 men and 8 women.

Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, his food broker brother Michael Parnell, and Georgia plant quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson were indicted in February 2013, charged with shipping salmonella tainted peanuts and covering up lab results showing the nuts tested positive for the bacteria.

Nine people died and more than 700 were sickened in the outbreak that happened between 2008 and 2009.

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