Trial starts for man accused of killing Beaumont woman in botched abduction

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BANNING (CNS) - Jury selection got underway Monday for the trial of a convicted felon accused of gunning down a 21-year-old Beaumont woman during a botched kidnapping. Samuel Jesus Acosta, 34, could face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the March 2017 slaying of Jasmine Zuniga. Acosta, who's being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a gun resulting in great bodily injury and a special circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a kidnapping. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst summoned multiple panels of prospective jurors to the Banning Justice Center for screening as to their a
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