Jury Selection Set For Belmont County Man Accused of Aggravated Murder

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Jury selection starts Tuesday for Joe Barton in Belmont County.

Barton is charged with the murder of 69-year-old Julian Townsend in his mobile home on Wegee Road.

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Court officials say 80 prospective jurors have been summoned, and jury selection will be conducted at Belmont College. Once a panel is seated, the trial will begin at the courthouse.

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An autopsy revealed that Townsend was reportedly beaten, stabbed, shot and cut into pieces before being lit on fire.

Stay with 7News for continuing coverage on this case.

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