Trial for 1970 Dunklin County murders expected to resume Saturday

KENNETT, Mo. (KFVS) - The second trial for a man accused of murdering a couple in Dunklin County nearly 40 years ago was scheduled to resume Saturday morning.

Jury selection began Friday in the double murder trial of Theodore Kleine.  At the end of the day, the judge ordered the court to reconvene at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Sokoloff has said he does not expect expects Kleine's trial to last long, possibly wrapping-up Saturday or Monday.

Kleine, 58, was arrested last year on first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Alan Bradford, 20, and Mary Seutter, 17.  Their bodies were found Campbell in June, 1970.  Both had been shot to death.

Sokoloff said investigators found the gun used in the murders at Kleine's uncle's house shortly after the crime.  Kleine was eventually charged but walked away after a mistrial. However, Kleine was arrested again in April, 2008, after modern technology allowed investigators to submit new DNA evidence in the case.

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