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Jury Selection Underway In Lively Trial

Jury Selection Underway In Lively  Trial

(13WAHM) Rochester, N.Y. --- Jury slection continues this morning in the murder trial of DeVante Lively, 21.

Lively is accused of 2nd Degree Murder in the death of 17 year-old Larie (la-ree) Butler.

Butler went missing in March 2012. For days the search for Butler was tracked by many in this community.

Her body was found five days later in a covered pool in the backyard of an Irondequoit home. Lively's grandmother lived next door and authorities found evidence in the basement of her home.

"She was supposed to graduate this year, go to college this year and all of that stopped," said Butler's mother Karen Snipes before court on Monday. "It is very hard, it's real hard I try everyday not to cry and get myself emotional because I don't want to get myself sick."

Before jury selection began Lively said no to a final plea offer that would include a 23-year prison sentence. If convicted of the murder charge at trial Lively faces a maximum sentence of 25 years-to-life in prison.

"Even when the media gives a lot of coverage to a particular case there are things that the outside sources don't know there are things that the lawyers know and haven't been brought to light for a variety of reasons," Lively's lawyer James Nobles said. "There are going to be things that come out of this trial that haven't been heard before."

 

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