Robinson Trial Expected to Last More Than 1 Month

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Jury selection begins tomorrow for a man accused of killing a 14-year-old Wichita girl.

Elgin Ray Robinson Jr. is charged with capital murder in the 2006 death of Chelsea Brooks.

Robinson, who is 22, denies prosecutors' claims that he orchestrated the killing of the girl who became pregnant with his child. She was nine months pregnant when she died. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Robinson's lawyers are expected to put up a more lengthy defense in his case than what a jury heard in May before convicting Ted Burnett of strangling the girl for $500 in drugs and cash.

Robinson's trial is expected to last at least six weeks, compared to Burnett's, which took less than four.

Prosecutors intend to show there's more evidence linking Robinson to the teenager's death than there was against 51-year-old Burnett, who's serving life without parole.

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