NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jury selection has begun in Nashville in
the murder-for-hire trial of a long-haul trucker linked to slayings
in three states.

Bruce Mendenhall of Albion, Ill., man was in the courtroom
Monday as potential jurors were questioned.

He will be tried on charges that he tried to arrange the murders of five people after his arrest on murder charges.

Prosecutors say Mendenhall attempted, from a jail cell, to hire the killings of two Nashville police detectives and three witnesses.

Mendenhall was arrested in June 2007 in the murder of a woman
whose body was found at a Nashville truck stop.

He later was charged with killing three other women in Lebanon, Tenn.; Indianapolis; and Birmingham, Ala.

Mendenhall has been held without bond since his arrest.

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