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Trial Begins For Teenager Charged In 4 Slayings In South Linden Home

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The trial of a 17-year-old boy charged in the shooting deaths of four people at a South Linden home last summer has begun.

Jury selection started Monday in the trial of Jordyn Wade. The teenager is accused of helping a 27-year-old accomplice rob five people, then stand with his gun drawn while the accomplice allegedly shot the victims. One victim survived.

Wade has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

The Associated Press doesn't typically name juveniles but is identifying Wade because he is being tried as an adult.

Wade's attorney, Eric Hoffman, says Wade is not accused of being the "trigger man" and regrets the loss of lives. Hoffman said Tuesday that Wade is asserting his innocence by taking the matter to trial.

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