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Jury selection to begin in Tucson imam's death case

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TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a man accused of killing an Arizona imam over a Quran interpretation more than two decades ago.

 

 

The Arizona Daily Star reports that selection is scheduled Tuesday in the trial of 52-year-old Glen Francis. He is accused of slashing and stabbing 54-year-old Rashad Khalifa (rah-SHAHD' kah-LEE'-fah) more than 30 times in January 1990 at the Masjid (mahs-JIHD') of Tucson.

Francis wasn't arrested in the case until April 2009 when he was located in Canada living under an assumed name. A Canadian court didn't clear him for extradition until 2010.

It's believed that Khalifa, a native Egyptian and a one-time science adviser to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, was wanted dead because of his controversial interpretation of the Quran.

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