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Potential jurors interview in lengthy session ahead of salmonella outbreak trial

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A federal judge and attorneys met with potential jurors individually Tuesday, as jury selection continued in the trial of three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people and sickened more than 700.

Approximately half of the potential jurors were interviewed by 1 p.m. at the Federal Courthouse in Albany, GA. Jury selection began Monday with 77 potential jurors.

The salmonella outbreak linked to peanuts processed by Peanut Corporation of America led to one of the largest food recalls in history.

Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and his food broker brother left the court surrounded by family Tuesday afternoon.

Parnell, his brother, and Georgia plant quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson were indicted in February 2013.

Georgia plant manager Samuel Lightsey was also charged in the case and pleaded guilty in May to seven counts.

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