- Associated Press - Monday, November 3, 2014

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Jury selection was set to begin for a western Pennsylvania woman who had been serving a 20- to 40-year sentence in the stabbing death of her boyfriend five years ago.

The state Superior Court last year vacated the third-degree murder conviction of 37-year-old Dayna McMaster of Brownsville.

The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard (http://bit.ly/1wrFuZW) says jury selection was beginning Monday on her retrial on charges that she killed Clarence Blair III with a hunting knife in June 2009 at a remote location near a gas well in Redstone Township.

McMaster claimed to be a battered woman acting in self-defense, and the appeals court ruled her attorney should have called trial witnesses to testify about injuries from the alleged abuse.

A judge set bail at $250,000 in April, but McMaster has remained jailed and unable to post that amount.



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