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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2007

Man who allegedly slew parents to face trial

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A capital murder trial begins Monday for 20-year-old James Leroy “Tre” Wells III in the slayings of his parents three years ago.

The trial was moved to Jefferson County because of publicity about the case in Colbert County where his parents, James L. Wells Jr., 44, and Levonda Wells, 45, died from gunshots on Oct. 2, 2003.

Could get life

If convicted of capital murder, Wells would be sentenced to life without parole.

Prosecutors did not pursue the death penalty as a possible punishment partly because Wells was 17 at the time of the slayings.

Defense testimony is expected to come from mental health professionals.

Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Mike Suttle will preside at the trial, which could last two weeks.

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