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Jury picked for trial in 2007 killings of family

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  • Christopher Vaughn

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Associated Press

Opening statements are scheduled for Monday now that a jury has been picked to hear the trial of an Illinois man accused of fatally shooting his wife and three children.

A jury of four women and eight men was selected Tuesday for the Will County trial of Christopher Vaughn.

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Vaughn is accused in the June 14, 2007, killings of his wife, Kimberly, and their three children -- 12-year-old Abigayle, 11-year-old Cassandra and 8-year-old Blake.

Prosecutors contend Vaughn was driving his family in their SUV when he pulled onto a frontage road and shot them near Channahon, about 40 miles southwest of Chicago.

Vaughn has pleaded not guilty and contends his wife killed the children and then herself.

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