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Jury selection in Easthampton murder case underway

September 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Jury selection for the trial of an Easthampton man charged with killing his girlfriend is almost complete, and opening statements are scheduled for later this week.

Fifteen jurors were selected for the first-degree murder trial of Ryan Welch on Monday and the 16th is expected to be selected on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Welch is charged with fatally stabbing 39-year-old Jessica Ann Pripstein in her Easthampton apartment in February 2012. Pripstein called 911 and said that her boyfriend was trying to kill her.

Welch was also found in the apartment suffering from what police called a self-inflicted stab wound.

Ryan says someone else killed Pripstein, and he discovered the body and was so distraught he tried to kill himself.

Opening statements are scheduled for Thursday.

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