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Jury selection for Medlyn begins; murder trial to open June 3

Prospective jurors filled a Nevada County courtroom early Tuesday, filling out questionnaires as lawyers prepared to select 12 of them to hear the murder trial of Steve Medlyn.

Medlyn, 34, is charged with the murder of 75-year-old Grass Valley resident Mary Spratt, found strangled to death in her Empire Street apartment May 4, 2007.

Investigators obtained a warrant to search Medlyn’s Penn Valley home July 5, where they allegedly found Spratt’s purse and arrested Medlyn on suspicion of murder.

Judge R. Michael Smith, a retired Solano County judge serving temporarily in Nevada County, is overseeing the jury selection and is scheduled to adjudicate the trial.

Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson said she would not pursue the death penalty for Medlyn, though she would seek life in prison without parole.

Keri Goodrow, a lawyer with the public defender’s office, is representing Steve Medlyn.

Jury selection is expected to last three days. Opening statements are expected to begin June 3, Ferguson said.

To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail rmoormeister@theunion.com or call 477-4236.

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