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Jury seated for 'American Sniper' suit

Jury seated for 'American Sniper' suit Click to Enlarge Photo: Minnesota Sec of State

Jul 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury has been seated in the case of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the widow of slain "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

The jury was chosen Tuesday morning, and opening statements were scheduled after a lunch break.

Ventura says Kyle, regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. history, defamed him in his best-selling book. In it, Kyle describes a 2006 bar fight in which Kyle says he punched a man, later identified as Ventura.

The former Navy SEAL and pro wrestler says the fight never happened.

Kyle and a friend were killed in February 2013 at a Texas gun range. Kyle's widow, Taya Kyle, is now the defendant in Ventura's case.

Ventura and Taya Kyle are both expected to testify during the trial.

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