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Jury selection underway in grandmother murder trial

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EL CAJON (CNS) - Jury selection was scheduled to begin at the El Cajon courthouse Monday in the trial of a man accused of helping another man kill and rob his grandmother in Alpine two years ago.

Jeffrey Carl Reed, 22, is charged with murder, robbery and other crimes connected to the May 16, 2009, strangulation slaying of Eunice Cothron. The 73-year-old grandmother was found dead in her mobile home in the 2400 block of Alpine Boulevard.

Cothron's grandson, Brandon Allen Hayes, 29, is facing the same charges as his alleged cohort. Both defendants are being held without bail in separate jails.

Hayes' stepmother, Carmen Hayes, testified at an earlier hearing that her stepson had "terrorized" the family ever since he was a little boy.

Hayes' father, Alan Hayes, testified that his son had drug problems and went through rehab several times but always reverted to his addictions.

Both Hayes and Reed were arrested five days after Cothron's death as they tried to re-enter the country from Mexico at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

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