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SC man stands trial for killing fiancée at NC home

May 31, 2011 4:09:00 AM - thestate.com
The trial of a South Carolina man who police say killed his pregnant fiancée then set her Gaston County home on fire is getting ready to start.

The Gaston Gazette reports jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for 42-year-old Michael Mead of Fort Mill, S.C. He could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

Authorities say Mead raped 31-year-old Lucy Johnson, then shot her twice in the head before setting her home on fire in July 2008.

Johnson had restraining orders against two other men, but investigators say they were ruled out as suspects.

Mead was arrested six months after Johnson's death. He continues to maintain his innocence.

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