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Trial underway in 'Warlock' sex crimes case


Opening statements are expected this afternoon in the trial of the man accused of sexually abusing children because he was "a magical warlock."

57-year-old James Irvin is facing 10 counts of sexual abuse and five counts of sexual assault against three children.

Irvin was arrested back in April at his home on Giles Street in Bluefield, WV.

A jury was seated just after noon Tuesday.  Following a lunch break, the prosecution and defense are to begin their cases with opening statements.

The mother of the three children, Jessica Barela, is also facing charges.

Her trial is set for January 27.

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