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Jury selection begins in Hatcher murder trial

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WELCH (WVVA) - Jury selection began Wednesday in McDowell County for the trial of a woman accused of murdering her father-in-law, former War Mayor Tom Hatcher.

Rebecca Hatcher is charged with first-degree murder in the June 2012 slaying. Tom Hatcher was mayor of War at the time of his death.

Police say 32-year-old Rebecca lived with Mayor Hatcher while his son John -- her husband, -- was in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, Rebecca and her brother, 25-year-old Earl Click suffocated Mayor Hatcher with a plastic bag while he slept, then took $1,100 to buy drugs.

Opening statements are expected to get underway Thursday.

View WVVA.com's previous reports on this case

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