Trial begins in 2007 southern Illinois killing

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) _ A trial has begun for a man who’s accused of a slaying that took place more than seven years ago in southern Illinois.

Opening statements began Monday in the case of 29-year-old Elijah Lacy, who’s charged with murder for the death of a Marion mother in 2007.

Jackson County authorities say 21-year-old Falon Taylor died after Lacy broke into a Carbondale home and fired shots into a bedroom where the Marion woman was sleeping. The legal case involving Lacy has been delayed by years because of litigation over whether prosecutors unconstitutionally delayed proceedings.

Lacy has pleaded not guilty and his lawyer says there’s no DNA evidence to prove he was ever in the home.

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