Jury selection set to begin in machete killing trial

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Jury selection was due to begin Thursday in the trial of a Maine man charged with killing a neighbor with a machete.

Lawyers hoped to begin jury selection after an evidentiary hearing in the trial of Bruce Akers, of Limington. He's accused of killing Douglas Flint, 55, on June 9, 2016, and hiding his body under a pile of rotting deer carcasses.

Akers had suspected Flint of stealing a six-pack of alcohol, and the two reportedly disputed over property boundaries, police said.

Akers was found incompetent to stand trial in July 2018, before he was treated at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta. He was later found to have “the full range of skills associated with trial competence.”

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