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Laura Garza Murder Trial Begins

GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — A murder trial is getting under way for a registered sex offender accused of murdering an aspiring dancer who lived in Bay Ridge. Victim Laura Garza’s body was found in Pennsylvania more than a year after she went missing in New York.Jury selection is set to begin Monday in Orange County Court in the murder trial of Michael Mele (MEE'-lee) of Wallkill. Garza, met Mele at a Manhattan nightclub in December 2008 and disappeared afterward. Her body was found in April 2010 near Scranton, Pa.Garza had moved to Brooklyn from McAllen, Texas, five months before her disappearance.

January 9, 2012 - 3:12pm


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