Jury set in Maine machete attack trial

Posted May 05, 2010, at 6 a.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A jury has been selected in the trial of Daniel Fortune of Augusta, who faces several charges in the May 2008 machete attack of a man and his daughter in their Pittston home.

The Kennebec Journal of Augusta says more than 130 potential jurors filled out questionnaires asking whether they could fairly decide a case involving someone from a minority race. The 22-year-old Fortune, who is black, faces 14 charges that include aggravated attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault, robbery and burglary.

The attack severely injured William Gurrette and his daughter Nicole.

Fortune’s foster brother, Leo Hylton, already has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role in the attack.

The trial is expected to begin Thursday and run for about eight days.

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