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3rd teen accused of murder goes to trial

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Damian Inman appeared before Dillon County 4th Circuit Court Judge Thomas Russo Monday morning. Damian Inman appeared before Dillon County 4th Circuit Court Judge Thomas Russo Monday morning.

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DILLON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A 17-year-old accused of kidnapping and murdering a 75-year-old woman waits to begin trial as the prosecution and defense attorney select members of the jury.

Damian Inman appeared before Dillon County 4th Circuit Court Judge Thomas Russo as attorneys completed the jury selection process. He was one of three accused of murdering 75-year-old Mary Alice Stutts. Inman is the last of them to stand trial.

Assistant Solicitor Ship Daniel and Defense Attorney Rosalyn Sellers chose from an expanded jury pool of more than 250 people.Sellers said more were people needed given the sensitivity of the case.

Both sides agreed eventually settled on 12 jurors and one alternate. However, after the court was dismissed for recess, Assistant Solicitor Ship Daniel challenged the defense's reasons for rejecting six people previously selected.

The Deputy Solicitor argued they were rejected because they were white.

Sellers previous encounters with the defendant, lack of education and other conflicts of interest among the reasons for her strikes.

The judge found fault in three of those strikes and decided those individuals would be re-added to the pool of potential jurors. Sellers then challenged the strikes the prosecution made, arguing they were rejected because they were black.

Inman was arrested under suspected involvement for the death of an elderly woman back in August of 2009, along with his 17-year-old brother, Damian Inman, and 16-year-old John Henry Bridges. 

Lorenzo Inman was found guilty on all charges of murder, kidnapping, grand larceny, and conspiracy to commit murder last month. He was sentenced to life in prison.  Bridges plead guilty to the same charges listed above and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. 

Inman has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces. He is being tried as an adult. He faces charges of murder, burglary 1st degree, kidnapping, armed robbery, grand larceny, another possession of weapon during violent crime, criminal conspiracy and two counts of a weapon during a violent crime

Prosecutors said the teens face multiple charges after breaking into 75-year-old Mary Alice Stutts' home, stealing her car and stuffing her in the trunk before shooting her and leaving her body on a dirt road in August, 2009.

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