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Jury Selection Starts in Civil Union Custody Case

About two dozen witnesses could be called in the Vermont trial of a Virginia man charged with helping a woman flee the United States with her daughter rather than share custody of the girl with her former lesbian partner.

Attorneys in the case of Kenneth Miller, of Stuarts Draft, Va., listed some of the possible witnesses Tuesday during jury selection. Opening statements are expected Wednesday. The trial is expected to take six days.

The 46-year-old Miller is facing a charge of helping Lisa Miller flee to avoid having to turn over custody of her now-10-year-old daughter to Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven.

Prosecutors say he drove Lisa Miller and her daughter from Virginia to Buffalo, N.Y. where the mother and daughter then flew to Central America.

The two Millers are not related.

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