Trial Starts Next Month for Man Charged in Store Owner's Death

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ Officials say a January trial date has been set for a Connecticut man charged with gunning down a popular New London store owner.

Jury selection recently concluded in the case of 24-year-old Gary Clarke. He is set to stand trial starting Jan. 5 in New London Superior Court.

Police say Clarke shot and killed 46-year-old Jared Silva during a robbery outside Silva’s package store in October 2007. Clarke has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted robbery with a weapon.

Silva’s customers and friends held vigils in his memory and collected thousands of dollars in donations as a reward for information in his killing.
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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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