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Victoria Stafford is shown in this undated family handout photo. (Handout/The Canadian Press/Handout/The Canadian Press)
Victoria Stafford is shown in this undated family handout photo. (Handout/The Canadian Press/Handout/The Canadian Press)

Rafferty pleads not guilty in Tori Stafford slaying Add to ...

A 31-year-old man has pleaded not guilty in London, Ont., to kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing an eight-year-old girl.

Michael Rafferty was formally arraigned today on charges of first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping in the death of Victoria Stafford.

Tori disappeared while on her way home from school in Woodstock, Ont., on April 8, 2009, and her body was found three months later.

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Terri-Lynne McClintic, now 21, has already been convicted of first-degree murder in the girl's death.

Lawyers will start selecting a jury today after a pool of hundreds was whittled down over the past two days to 116 people.

They were put into five groups this morning and over the next two days the potential jurors will each be asked a series of questions as a jury of 12 people and two alternates is selected.

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