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Opening statements begin in Dejuan Hammond trial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The trial started Wednesday for a man accused of killing a witness in his brother's murder trial.

DeJuan Hammond is accused of killing Troya Sheckles to keep her from testifying against his brother.

Sheckles was gunned down in Shelby Park in March 2009.

Hammond's case was dismissed in October because prosecutors couldn't find two witnesses.

Hammond was re-indicted again in January.

Hammond's co-defendant, Steven Pettway, is serving 55 years in prison for killing Sheckles.

Prosecutors say Pettway acted on Dejuan Hammond's orders because Sheckles had agreed weeks earlier to testify against his brother, Lloyd Hammond.

That was in connection to the 2006 murder of her boyfriend and two other men.

Jury selection started Tuesday.

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