Jury selection begins in Maine Amber Alert case

Posted Feb. 28, 2011, at 2:47 p.m.

ALFRED, Maine — Jury selection is getting under way in the trial of a 39-year-old Maine man who triggered the state’s first Amber Alert after allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend, taking their 2-year-old daughter and setting off a 30-hour manhunt that spanned three states.

Jury selection began Monday in York County Superior Court in Alfred in the trial of Gary Traynham, who has pleaded not guilty to gross sexual assault, aggravated assault, burglary and criminal restraint.

Prosecutors say Traynham broke into the Sanford home of his ex-girlfriend in November 2009, sexually assaulted her and took off with their daughter, which sparked the state’s first Amber Alert. Traynham and the girl were found the next day in New Hampshire by a hunter.

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