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Trial to begin next week

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By Alice Du Pont

The first-degree murder trial of Hernandez L. Daniels, 39, gets underway in Gadsden County Circuit Court next week. Lopez and another man, Fernando Taylor, are accused of murdering Constance Dupont of Havana in 2006.

Dupont was shot to death in her downtown Havana apartment after she was suspected of being a confidential informant. Daniels is currently serving a life sentence in federal prison on drug charges.

It took more than two years to bring charges in the murder case against the two men.

Jury selection begins Monday and the trial may begin as early as Tuesday afternoon. The trial is expected to be lengthy and could last as long as two weeks.