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Jury Selection Begins In 2003 Murder Case

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SHELBY, N.C. (AP) — Jury selection is beginning for the murder trial of a man accused of killing an elderly woman in western North Carolina.

Fifty-three-year-old Donald Borders is charged in the 2003 death of 79-year-old Margaret Tessneer in Shelby, about 50 miles west of Charlotte.

Survivors of two other elderly women found dead in similar circumstances around the same time want to know whether he’s behind those deaths, too.

Shelby police say they’re still looking for evidence that would link Borders with the deaths of the two other women, but it’s not clear they have found any.

Borders is proclaiming his innocence in Tessneer’s death.

He was interviewed by police in 2004 about her death, and arrested five years later based on DNA evidence.

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