Jury panel of 700 called for Wayne Williams trial
More than 700 prospective jurors were called Monday for the start of the trial of Wayne B. Williams, accused in two of the 28 slayings of young Atlanta blacks. The evidence against him consists mostly of a collection of tiny cloth fibers and dog hairs.
Police say microscopic evidence, gathered in a search of Williams's home and car, matches that taken from the bodies of at least 10 victims. But Williams has been charged in only two of the 28 murders.
Because of the publicity surrounding the trial, security was tightened, and all those entering the courtroom were required to pass through a metal detector. Some 700 people have been called for possible jury duty and picking an impartial panel is expected to take several days.
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