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ATLANTA– Two death penalty trials in Georgia broke down this week afterdays of costly jury selection but before panels could be struck.In Northeast Georgia’s Stephens County, the trial of accused “NaturalBorn Killer” Christopher Matthew Smith halted after six days ofdifficulties in finding jurors untainted by pretrial publicity.And, in Southeast Georgia’s Coffee County, the trial of alleged murdererJoey Robert Brant was suspended after five days of voir dire becauseprospective jurors discussed the case among themselves and withoutsiders.

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