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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — It’s the first death penalty case in more than a decade for Columbus County. Danny Lamont Thomas, a 38-year-old former resident of Chadbourn is on trial for the murder of four people.

Today was the start of jury selection at the Columbus County Courthouse. District Attorney Jon David says the process is expected to last several weeks.

David says Thomas already has a life sentence in prison for a murder in Durham. The trial is expected to last several months.

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