October 1, 1995 in Nation/World

Jury Chosen For Retrial Of Menendez Brothers

Compiled From Wire Services
 

A jury has been chosen for the second trial of Erik and Lyle Menendez, the brothers charged with murder in the shotgun slaying of their wealthy parents.

Jury selection began Aug. 23 and ended Thursday when the panel was seated. The jury was to return Oct. 11. A court clerk said Friday that motions will probably be heard next week.

Lyle, 27, and Erik, 24, admit they killed their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, on Aug. 20, 1989, but said they feared their parents were about to kill them after years of sexual, physical and psychological abuse.

Prosecutors said the brothers hated their parents and killed for their multimillion-dollar estate.

The two juries in the first trials couldn’t decide between murder and manslaughter.

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