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Hampton man's 1st degree murder trial to begin Monday

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OSAGE (AP) -

The first-degree murder trial of a Hampton man accused of killing his girlfriend is set to start next week in Osage.

It has been reported that jury selection for the trial of 61-year-old Ronald Rand is scheduled to begin Monday.

Rand pleaded not guilty to the charge earlier this year in the Dec. 13 shotgun death of 51-year-old Michelle Key in Rand's home.

Authorities say Rand told officers he and Key were arguing before she was shot.

Rand's trial was moved from Franklin County to Mitchell County because his attorney feared pretrial publicity of the shooting would keep Rand from getting a fair trial in Franklin County.

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