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Eleven jurors selected so far in Stafford trial

Victoria Stafford is shown in this undated family handout photo.

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Eleven jurors have been selected so far in London, Ont., in the trial of a man accused of killing an eight-year-old girl.

Michael Rafferty, 31, has pleaded not guilty to 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 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.

Potential jurors were screened out for various reasons on Monday and Tuesday and seven jurors were selected on Wednesday as the lawyers work to pick 12 jurors and two alternates.

Today four more jurors have been chosen, for a total of eight women and three men.

The potential jurors are each being asked a series of pre-determined questions. If after that they are deemed suitable, Crown and defence lawyers get a set number of challenges which they can use to reject a potential juror without giving a reason.

The trial is expected to start Monday if all jurors and alternates can be selected this week. Potential jurors have been told the trial is expected to last between 2 1/ 2 and three months, possibly extending into June.

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