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Murder Trial of Flight Attendant Reopens After 17 Years

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File photo of a judge's gavel. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a judge’s gavel. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A man charged with strangling a metro Atlanta flight attendant to death 17 years ago is finally scheduled to stand trial.

Jury select was to begin Monday in Cobb County Superior Court in the trial of 35-year-old Waseem Anas Daker, who is charged with malice murder and other counts in the October 1995 slaying of Karmen Smith.

Daker was convicted of stalking Smith’s housemate about a year after her death and was in prison until 2006. But Daker was never charged with the killing until a DNA test linked him to Smith’s death in 2009.

Daker is also accused of stabbing Smith’s 5-year-old son 16 times when the boy returned home from school. Nickolas Smith survived the attack and is expected to testify.

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