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CLINTON — Jury selection will continue today in the trial of a Clinton man charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Steven Armsted, 49, is accused of slaying Steven Cox and Kevin Lambert at a Clinton residence in March 2017. The defense this morning will question potential jurors as the court works toward seating the jury that will hear the case. Prosecutors wrapped up their questioning Monday.

A pool of about 80 people initially was called in for jury selection. Opening statements will begin after the jury is seated; that could happen as early as this afternoon.

The case dates to March 6, 2017, when a friend of Lambert’s stopped by to check on him at 114 N. Fifth St., where Lambert and Cox lived. Lambert had not been answering the friend’s calls during the day, so the friend entered the house through an unlocked back door and found Lambert sitting in a chair unresponsive, court records state.

The friend immediately called 911, and once emergency personnel arrived, Lambert and Cox, whose body also was found in the house, were confirmed as deceased.

During the investigation, it was discovered that Lambert, 57, and Cox, 60, had stab wounds. From that point, a lengthy investigation, involving surveillance video, eyewitness accounts and phone records commenced.

Armsted was charged with the deaths in September 2018.

If convicted of first-degree murder, he will be sentenced to life in prison.