Jury selection to begin in Ariz. imam's death case - New York News

Jury selection to begin in Ariz. imam's death case

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TUCSON, Ariz. -

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 (http://bit.ly/RKnBUo) 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 more than 30 times in January 1990 at the Masjid 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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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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