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Jury selection begins

Published Sep. 13, 2005

Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of Earl Linebaugh, who is accused in the 1995 killings of two women in southeastern Pasco County. Linebaugh sat silently while defense attorneys and prosecutors questioned potential jurors about their backgrounds, views and acquaintances. Linebaugh, 28, and his then-girlfriend Melissa Harris were taken into custody at the Canadian border while trying to flee in a car prosecutors say they stole from one of their victims, 57-year-old Alice Durfee. Durfee and Maudeline Bailey, 84, were found fatally shot inside Bailey's mobile home in Crystal Springs. In December, a jury found Harris guilty of first-degree felony murder, and she was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Linebaugh's trial is to last through this week. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.