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Jury Selection To Begin In Witness Bribery Case

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Rockville Superior Court. Photo from State of Connecticut Judicial Branch web site.

Rockville Superior Court. Photo from State of Connecticut Judicial Branch web site.

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ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) _ Jury selection is beginning in the case of a private investigator charged with bribing a witness to recant testimony against two men whose murder convictions were overturned but later reinstated.

Potential jurors in the case of 69-year-old Gerald O’Donnell of Cheshire were scheduled to be questioned Thursday in Rockville Superior Court.

O’Donnell was arrested last year on allegations he gave witness Doreen Stiles cash, a TV and a stereo to recant her testimony against George Gould and Ronald Taylor, who were convicted of a 1993 New Haven murder.

Gould and Taylor’s convictions were overturned and they were freed in 2010 after Stiles changed her story.

But the state Supreme Court reinstated the convictions in July 2011, a few months before Taylor died from colon cancer.

O’Donnell has pleaded not guilty.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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