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Diary Murder

Trial beginning in 1975 slaying of 14-year-old girl 

Jury selection begins today in the case of a suburban Boston girl who died nearly 30 years ago. Medical officials initially ruled that 14-year-old Robin Gilbert died of heart disease. Her body was found the day after she disappeared from her home in Reading -- about 15 miles north of Boston. However an anonymous tip in 1996 and a diary led authorities to exhume Gilbert's body and charge her former neighbor, David Jones, with murder. He was 16 at the time of the killing. The Jones family lived down the street from the Gilberts, and the boy had been seen holding hands with Robin. Police say something in his mother's diary led to his arrest in 1997.

The case has been delayed by a lengthy extradition process and appeals to move it out of juvenile court.

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