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Jury selection in Blakeney trial begins

The jury selection in the case of an alleged Jones County child killer is ongoing.

Monday was the first day of jury selection in a case that has taken three years to make it to trial. Prosecutors say Justin Blakeney hoped to gain membership to the Aryan Nation Gang by allegedly killing his then-girlfriend's two-year-old daughter. The trial was set to begin on Monday; however, the jury selection process has taken all day.

Justin Blakeney awaits trial on capital murder charges in the August 2010 death of two-year-old Victoria Viner. She died at a Jackson hospital as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

A confidential informant told authorities Blakeney said he placed a telephone book on top of the toddler's head and hit it as hard as he could with his fist. Prosecutors say the mother of the child was Mexican, making the child a "half breed," to the Aryan Nation Brotherhood.

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