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Opening statements begin in salmonella outbreak trial

The federal courthouse in Albany, GA The federal courthouse in Albany, GA
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Opening statements in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia.

Court was brought to order a little after 8 a.m. Friday.

Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, his food broker brother Michael Parnell, and Georgia plant quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson were indicted in February 2013, charged with shipping salmonella tainted peanuts and covering up lab results showing the nuts tested positive for the bacteria.

Nine people died and more than 700 were sickened in the outbreak that happened between 2008 and 2009.

MORE: Live trial coverage

At least 12 weeks could be needed for the trial.

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