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Jury ready to begin tomorrow in Fraga case

WORTHINGTON -- The 14th and final juror for the Josue Fraga trial was selected today shortly after 4 p.m. after more than four days of questioning and selection.

Opening statements will begin following a few jury instructions at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The trial is expected to last through May 15.

Fraga is accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece while sexually molesting her last March. A grand jury indicted him on first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in May 2008.

Fraga spent the last few days sitting quietly next to his attorneys while they questioned prospective jurors on a variety of subjects, including whether they had any medical training, had any problems with Hispanic people or could look at photos of an autopsy.

The prosecuting attorneys, led by Minnesota Assistant Attorney General Bill Klumpp, asked questions regarding each juror's experience with toilet training a child and if they were able to distinguish lies from the truth.

The state will be allowed to present its case first, calling witnesses ranging from medical experts to members of Fraga's family.

The case is being presided over by Judge Timothy Connell.