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Death-penalty trial jurors selected trial opens Monday
DETROIT (7/8/10)--The jury has been selected and the opening statements will begin Monday in a rare trial involving the federal death penalty for the killing of an armored truck guard who was loading cash into an ATM at Dearborn FCU eight and a half years ago. Timothy Dennis O'Reilly, 36, is charged with murdering Norman "Anthony" Stephens during a Dec. 14, 2001, robbery at the credit union's ATM (The Detroit News June 29). O'Reilly and two co-defendants, Norman Herbert Duncan and Kevin C. Watson, will face the death penalty. A fourth defendant, Earl L. Johnson, was sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him of conspiracy, bank robbery and aiding and abetting a murder (News Now June 9). The robbery at the credit union's ATM was the first of three similar robberies involving armored trucks. In the last robbery in February 2004, a guard fired back and one robber, Eddie Cromer, died. The credit union robbery netted more than $200,000 and remained unsolved until mid-2004. Michigan banned capital punishment in 1847, the first state to do so, but the death penalty can be imposed for federal capital crimes such as a murder during a bank robbery. The last of the 66 potential jurors in the O'Reilly trial, was seated Wednesday after nearly three weeks of selection. The trial in U.S. District Court in Detroit is expected to take all of July and August.


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