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Third trial of man accused of killing father begins

Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- The third trial of 20-year-old Jose M. ''Che'' Mateu got under way Tuesday with jury selection in the state capital after two juries in Ketchikan both deadlocked on first-degree murder charges filed against Mateau in the killing of his father.

Mateu is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the January 2000 shooting death of his father, Jose R. Mateu, in Ketchikan.

Only eight of the 58 potential jurors questioned Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court said they had heard anything about the case. Mateu's first two trials in Ketchikan ended in hung juries. Prosecutors then asked that the trial be moved to Juneau.

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