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Trial looms for 2 men charged in Chinese student's slaying

Jury selection began Monday for Cameron Isaac (left) and Ninimbe Mitchell (right), who are accused of killing a Syracuse University student from China during a drug deal robbery last year.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Jury selection has begun in the trial of two men charged with killing a Syracuse University student from China during a drug deal robbery last year.

The selection process began Monday in a Syracuse courtroom, where 24-year-old Cameron Isaac and 20-year-old Ninimbe Mitchell face second-degree murder and other charges in the shooting of Yuan Xiaopeng.

Prosecutors say the 23-year-old student from Qingdao, on China's east coast, was killed during a drug deal being transacted at an apartment complex in suburban DeWitt last Sept. 30.

Yuan was a junior studying mathematics at Syracuse when he was killed.

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Authorities say Isaac gunned down Yuan while Mitchell was there to serve as the getaway driver.

Isaac and Mitchell are being tried before the same jury.

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