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Trial Begins in Hockey Parent Slaying

January 03, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A man accused of beating another father to death after their sons' hockey practice went on trial in Boston in a case that has become a national symbol of parental violence at youth sporting events.

Jury selection began in the trial of Thomas Junta, 42, who is charged with manslaughter in the 2000 death of Michael Costin. Potential jurors were asked if their children played on sports teams and if they had ever witnessed a fight between parents.

Junta has claimed he fought in self-defense. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter.

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