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Jury struck in salmonella outbreak trial

Sign at the Peanut Corporation of America Sign at the Peanut Corporation of America
Defendant Michael Parnell (in white shirt) Defendant Michael Parnell (in white shirt)
Defendant Stewart Parnell (in pink shirt) Defendant Stewart Parnell (in pink shirt)
The federal courthouse in Albany, GA The federal courthouse in Albany, GA
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A jury has been struck in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia.

A jury of 12 plus six alternates were seated, comprised of 10 men and 8 women.

U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands presided over the selection of the jury, taken from a pool of more than 70 potential jurors.

At least 12 weeks may be needed for the proceedings.

Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, his food broker brother Michael Parnell, and Georgia plant quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson were indicted in February 2013, charged with shipping salmonella tainted peanuts and covering up lab results showing the nuts tested positive for the bacteria.

MORE: Live trial coverage

Nine people died and more than 700 were sickened in the outbreak that happened between 2008 and 2009.

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