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Jury selection in Drabek-Chritton trial scheduled for Monday

Published On: Apr 08 2013 12:17:01 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

A controversial and heavily-followed child neglect case will once again take center stage this week in Madison.

Jury selection is scheduled for Monday in the trial of Melinda Drabek-Chritton.

Drabek-Chritton is charged with child abuse, neglect, and false imprisonment.

She was arrested after her badly malnourished step-daughter was discovered last year, claiming that she was being held against her will in a basement.

Drabek-Chritton's trial, scheduled to last two weeks, should begin Tuesday.

Drabek-Chritton’s husband, Chad Chritton, was found guilty last month of two counts of neglecting a child.

But the court also declared a mistrial on four other charges after the jury remained deadlocked.

If the District Attorney demands it, Chritton could be re-tried.

But the judge says a re-trial would have to wait after the trials of his wife and stepson, Josh, who faces sex assault charges in this case.

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