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Jury selection begins in Plumas murder trial

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 - 10:29 am

QUINCY – Jury selection began this week in the murder trial of Gregory Chad Wallin-Reed, charged with eight felony counts that include the 2011 shooting death of Rory McGuire, 20, of Susanville.

More than 1,500 people have been summoned to Plumas Superior Court as potential jurors in the trial.

It is expected to last six weeks, said Plumas District Attorney David Hollister.

The incident began July 2, 2011, when Wallin-Reed, 38, of Reno, allegedly chased a car driven by McGuire from his property near Janesville in Lassen County along back roads leading to Antelope Lake in Plumas County.

McGuire and his five passengers, all of Susanville, were in the process of stealing solar lights from Wallin-Reed's property, Hollister said.

Wallin-Reed fired on the occupants of the chased vehicle before it crashed and overturned, he said.

McGuire died July 4 of gunshot wounds to the head. Two other occupants suffered gunshot wounds to their lower legs.

Wallin-Reed, who pleaded not guilty to the eight felony counts, rejected a plea deal in March.

In addition to murder and the use of a firearm in McGuire's death, he faces charges of firing at an occupied vehicle, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of an illegal assault rifle.

Opening arguments are expected to begin Sept. 3, with evidence to start that afternoon, Hollister said.

He expects the trial to conclude during the week of Sept. 23.

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