Man accused of killing wife, stepson over church activity

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man is set to go on trial for allegedly beating his wife and 11-year-old stepson to death after becoming frustrated with her involvement in the Mormon

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the double-murder trial of Jeremias Bins. He pleaded not guilty to killing his wife and her son in the family's home in May 2006.

Bins, a 32-year-old native of Brazil, allegedly used a hammer to kill them. They died of multiple skull fractures.

Bins allegedly told police that two hours before the beatings, he contacted representatives of the local Mormon church and voiced his "anger and displeasure" at his wife's involvement with them.

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