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Soldier murder trial jury sworn in

A jury has been sworn in to try a soldier charged with murdering a fellow member of his unit.

Lance Corporal Richard Farrell, 23, denies the murder of Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, who was found dead at his barracks in Tern Hill, Shropshire.

Farrell, a member of The Royal Irish Regiment, spoke only to confirm his name during a jury selection hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.

A jury of eight men and four women is expected to hear the Crown's opening statement tomorrow at the start of a four-week trial.

Cpl McNeill, who was born in Ballymoney in Northern Ireland, was found dead in his room at Tern Hill's Clive Barracks on March 8 this year.

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