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Opening statements to begin in Southworth murder trial

Attorneys will begin their opening statements Tuesday in the trial of a man who's accused of murdering his wife.

27 NEWSFIRST has learned that the couple's teenage daughter, who's a popular local singer, may take the witness stand during this week's trial.

Defense attorneys for Donald Southworth also tell us their case will look closely at the police work during and following Umi Southworth's death.

She was found beaten to death outside her Lexington apartment back in 2010.

Donald Southworth's attorney says the police department came up during the 11-hour jury selection yesterday.

"We feel like that maybe they jumped to some early conclusions, and filed those through, said Tucker Richardson, Donald Southworth's attorney.

"We feel like that there's other avenues that could have potentially led to the person who did this and not Don Southworth," said Richardson.

The Southworth's teenage daughter, Almira, who is on a list of potential witnesses, is a popular local folk singer.

Eight men and six women have been seated for the jury. Two of them are alternates.


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