- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - Jury selection has started in the trial of a Detroit-area man charged with killing four women after meeting them through online escort ads.

James Brown is charged with killing the women in pairs on different days at his Sterling Heights home in 2011. The bodies were found in cars in Detroit. Jury selection began Tuesday and will resume Wednesday in Macomb County Circuit Court.

Brown told police that he met the women on Backpage.com, which carries personal ads. He also told police that he fell asleep and simply found them lifeless when he woke up.

Two doctors who performed autopsies say the women probably died of asphyxiation, a lack of oxygen to the brain. Two victims were found in a burning car.



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