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Trial starts for 2nd suspect in woman's 2015 death

8 months 3 days 3 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 September 18, 2018 5:03 AM September 18, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ
Photo: Nola.com/ The Times-Picayune

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Trial has begun in New Orleans for one of two men charged in the 2015 death of a woman whose body was found in the trunk of her burned-out car.

Troy Varnado Jr. is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 31-year-old Lindsay Nichols. Nola.com|The Times-Picayune reports that jury selection began Monday. Nichols was found inside the trunk of her burned-out black Honda Accord on June 21, 2015.

Varnado was arrested on May 22, 2017, the same day he was indicted on second-degree murder and other charges. The other defendant in the case, 33-year-old Thayon Samson, pleaded guilty Sept. 7 to charges including manslaughter and second-degree kidnapping.

He was sentenced to 40 years. Samson is expected to be called as a prosecution witness.

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