Crime

Jury selection begins in trial stemming from 2006 Lexington slaying

Jury selection began Monday and is expected to take several days in the murder trial of two men charged in the 2006 shooting death of a University of Kentucky student.

Adrian Lamont Benton, 31, and Raymond Larry Wright, 29, are accused of killing John Graves Mattingly III, 23. Benton and Wright also are being tried on several other charges, including first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence.

The trial in Fayette Circuit Court is expected to last five weeks. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for both men.

Mattingly, the son of Marion County Judge-Executive John Mattingly Jr. and Janet Mattingly, was shot in the head May 25, 2006, after two men knocked on the door of his home at 317 Wilson Street. One of the men pulled a gun and demanded cash from occupants of the house, according to Lexington police.

Witnesses told police they heard gunshots after the two men ran from the house and got into a vehicle. Mattingly was found lying on Elm Tree Lane. His friends said he was chasing the vehicle on foot, trying to get the license plate number, while on the phone with police.

Mattingly, a UK senior majoring in secondary education, died of his injuries at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center on July 10.

Benton, of Lexington, was arrested several days after the shooting. Wright, who is originally from the Chicago area, was arrested July 18, 2006, in Chicago.

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