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TRIAL BEGINS FOR 4 MEN IN 'DATE-RAPE' DRUG DEATH

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of four Michigan men accused of putting the "date-rape" drug GHB in the drinks of two teen-age girls, killing one.

The trial was the first prosecution in the country for a death resulting from GHB, gamma hydroxybutyrate, which can cause dizziness and euphoria as well as slowed breathing and death.

The men were charged with manslaughter and poisoning for putting GHB into the soft drink of Samantha Reid and the vodka-and-orange-juice cocktail of Melanie Sindone at a house party in January 1999.

Samantha, 15, and Melanie, 14, vomited and lost consciousness after sipping the drinks.

Prosecutors said the men cleaned the apartment before driving the girls to a hospital. Melanie lapsed into a coma but recovered. Samantha died from choking on her own vomit.

The four men -- Daniel Brayman, 18; Joshua Cole, 19; Nicholas Holtschlag, 18; and Erick Limmer, 26 -- will be tried together.

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