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Trial to begin in boy's death at Mass. gun expo

BOSTON (AP) - A former police chief from western Massachusetts is set to go on trial on manslaughter charges in the accidental shooting death of an 8-year-old Connecticut boy at a gun fair.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury, who is charged in the 2008 death of Christopher Bizilj.

The third-grader from Ashford, Conn., died after an Uzi he was firing flipped backward and shot him in the head at a firearms expo. Fleury owned the company that co-sponsored the event.

His lawyer says there is no way Fleury could have anticipated that a child would die. Fleury has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and four counts of furnishing a machine gun to a minor.

 The trial will be held in Springfield.

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