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Jury selection continues in murder trial

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jury selection will continue today in the trial of a man accused of killing a jogger in a Stone Mountain park last year.

Charles Martin Coats, 57, is charged with murder for allegedly killing 50-year-old William Scott Carr in January 2007 after the two men had an argument.

Jury selection began Monday with Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Tom Davis presiding. David Keeton, assistant district attorney, said a jury could be seated as early as noon today.

Authorities said Coats - dressed Monday in a gray suit and sporting a goatee - attacked Carr while he jogged through Yellow River Park with his dog, ultimately slitting his throat.

When Carr later died at Emory Eastside Hospital, prosecutors upgraded an aggravated assault charge against Coats to murder.

The two men had been involved in a past fray before the deadly encounter, police said.

Coats has remained at the Gwinnett County Jail

without bond since the incident.