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IN COURT: Murder trial begins for death of elderly woman

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Richard Grissett is charged with first degree murder. (Source: Brunswick Co. Sheriff's Office) Richard Grissett is charged with first degree murder. (Source: Brunswick Co. Sheriff's Office)
Linnie Mae Ward (Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office) Linnie Mae Ward (Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office)
Linnie Mae Ward was found dead in her home in the 1970 block of Gwynn Road in Longwood. (Source: WECT) Linnie Mae Ward was found dead in her home in the 1970 block of Gwynn Road in Longwood. (Source: WECT)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The man accused of killing an 86-year-old woman in Brunswick County will be in court Monday.

Jury selection and opening statements will start as Richard Grissett will be tried for first degree murder.

Grissett was arrested in November 2012 in connection to the death of Linnie Mae Ward.

Investigators found a rifle at Grissett's house. Officials said they believe Grissett stole that gun from Ward when he allegedly killed her.

Ward's body was discovered days later.

The sheriff's office said the autopsy revealed Ward died from strangulation and blunt force trauma to the face.

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