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Texas man to stand trial in 1999 killing of Petaluma trucker

An Alabama judge ruled Thursday there was probable cause to send a Texas man to trial for the suspected murder of a Petaluma trucker 12 years ago.

DNA extracted from blood stains found in the cab of Bob Nelson's truck linked ex-convict Gary Lee Poisel to Nelson's slaying, Macon County District Judge Aubrey Ford said.

The case will go next to a criminal grand jury scheduled to be in session in August, Ford said.

The 18-member citizen panel will be called to make the same findings — that there is probable cause that a crime was committed and that Poisel likely committed that crime - before the case goes to jury trial, likely in October, Ford said.

Nelson, 59, was found dead July 2, 1999, dumped off the side of Highway 85 in a rural area about 20 miles outside Montgomery, Ala. He'd been stabbed multiple times, authorities said.


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