FARMINGTON – Jury selection will begin Monday in the case against Thomas Mitchell Jr., who is accused of killing Judy Flagg of Fayette in 1983.

Mitchell, 52, formerly of South Portland, was charged in September 2006 with killing Flagg, 23, at her Watson Heights Road home in Fayette on Jan. 6, 1983. She was stabbed repeatedly in the trunk of her body and hemorrhaged, according to court documents.

Her husband, Ted Flagg, discovered his wife’s body after working a double shift. Their 1-year-old son, Chad, who was home with his mother, was unhurt.

At the time of the 2006 indictment, Mitchell was finishing a 15-year prison sentence on an unrelated rape conviction. He is being held without bail on the murder charge at the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta.

Maine Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes said he expected jury selection to take most of Monday and opening arguments to begin Tuesday.

If jury selection goes quickly and is done before noon, Stokes said, they may start opening statements in the afternoon.


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