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JURY SELECTION BEGINS IN MURDER TRIAL

Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a man accused of killing Buffalo landlord Gary P. Trzaska.

Walter Nance, a Miller Avenue resident who was 16 when Trzaska, 41, was stomped to death in the 1000 block of Broadway last Oct. 2, is standing trial on charges of second-degree murder and robbery.

Trzaska, 41, of Cheektowaga, was attacked late at night on Broadway near Titus Avenue after collecting rent from tenants at properties in that area.

Although authorities and Trzaska's family initially thought that Trzaska was a hate-crime victim because he was gay and white -- his alleged attackers are black -- investigators later concluded that he was killed because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Dennis Straughter, 19, of Sidney Street, faces trial on the same charges in January.

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