- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A jury was seated Monday in the trial of a Georgia man charged with killing his former roommate, whose skeletal remains were found in an Iowa basement in 2012.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys narrowed down jury selection to seven men and five women, along with two alternates, in the first-degree murder trial of John Green. Opening testimony is scheduled to start Tuesday, the Fort Dodge Messenger reported (https://bit.ly/1kN3fqP ).

Green, of Blairsville, Georgia, is accused of killing 58-year-old Mark Koster. Green lived with Koster briefly in 2009.

Green, 55, has pleaded not guilty. He is expected to make a self-defense argument during the trial, the newspaper reported.

Koster was reported missing in 2010, after his family told authorities they last saw him the previous year. He was declared dead in 2011.

Koster’s skeletal remains were found buried in the basement of his Sac City home in 2012, after new homeowners began renovations.

Authorities say an investigation into the discovery of Koster’s body led to Green, who was arrested in March in northern Florida. He was later extradited back to Iowa.

The trial was moved to Fort Dodge, after a defense attorney argued that pretrial publicity would make it impossible for Green to receive a fair trial in Sac City.


Information from: The Messenger, https://www.messengernews.net

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