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Posted at 06:40 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Trial to begin Monday in Maryland death-penalty case

The trial of a Maryland man facing the death penalty for allegedly killing a correctional officer is expected to begin Monday, according to state judiciary officials.

Lee Edward Stephens is one of two prisoners charged in the 2006 stabbing of Cpl. David McGuinn.

In September 2011, an Anne Arundel County judged ruled that Stephens’s trial would remain a capital punishment case after hearing from prosecutors that the victim’s DNA was found on Stephens’s clothing.

Stephens’s defense has argued that DNA evidence may link Stephens and other prisoners to the scene of the crime, which occurred at the state House of Correction, but not to the crime itself.

In Maryland, there must be a video confession or biological evidence linking the accused to the crime for the death penalty to be an option.

The last execution in Maryland took place in 2005.

Jury selection in Stephens’s case is scheduled to begin Monday at 9 a.m. in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

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