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Trial begins for man accused of fatally beating, stabbing widower 22 years ago

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Jury selection was scheduled to get under way Monday in the trial of a Connecticut man accused of fatally beating and stabbing an 83-year-old widower during a burglary in Pacific Beach almost 22 years ago.

Howard Dean Jamison, 53, is charged with murder and a special circumstance allegation of murder during a burglary in the December 1989 slaying of Ewing C. Scroggs.

Retired Deputy Medical Examiner Leena Jariwala testified during a hearing that Scroggs had been dead for two or three days before his sister-in-law discovered his body on Dec. 10, 1989.

The victim had been beaten and stabbed, and two bedrooms in his Mission Boulevard home had been ransacked. Scroggs' wallet had no money in it and his pants' pockets were pulled out, according to police.

A woman's jacket, sweater, quilt and the victim's wedding ring were missing. DNA was extracted from a blood stain on a dresser drawer and a cigarette butt found in Scroggs' bathroom, police said.

In April 2009, authorities using a national database allegedly matched the DNA found at the crime scene with DNA taken from Jamison and he was arrested on Aug. 24, 2009, in Milford, Conn.

FBI Special Agent Allan Vitkosky testified during an earlier hearing that Jamison told him that he was living in Mission Beach at the time of Scroggs' murder, staying on the streets and the beach.

The defendant said he had smoked menthol cigarettes his entire life and never smoked Marlboro, the kind found at the crime scene, Vitkosky said.

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