Jen Lynds | The County

HOULTON, Maine — Jury selection began Thursday in the case against a Massachusetts man accused of murder in connection with the killing of an Oakfield man in an apparent drug-related robbery nearly two years ago.

Marcus Asante, 23, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, has been charged with murder and robbery in connection with the fatal shooting of Douglas Morin Jr., 31, on Oct. 16, 2016. Two other individuals, Tia Leigh Ludwick, 24, and Darin Goulding, 32, both of Leominster, Massachusetts, were charged with the same crimes, according to court records.

Goulding pleaded guilty in February to robbery in exchange for the state dismissing the murder charge if he agreed to testify against Asante. Prosecutors allege that Asante is the one who pulled the trigger. After Ludwick also pleaded guilty to the crimes, a judge sentenced her in April to 17 years in prison. Morin was Ludwick’s cousin.

Jury selection for Asante’s trial is expected to continue into Friday with

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