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VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois teenager accused of gunning down two of his neighbors as they slept is about to go on trial.

Jury selection was expected to begin Monday in Fayette County in the first-degree murder trial of 16-year-old Clifford Baker. Baker is accused in the August 2010 shooting deaths of John Mahon and Debra Tish. The two were killed at their home in Loogootee, a community about 80 miles east of St. Louis. Baker was 15 at the time of the killings but is being tried as an adult.

He has pleaded not guilty and remains jailed.

The judge is allowing Baker’s attorneys to pursue an insanity defense.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.

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