Update on jury selection in Worthington trial

Potential jurors in Cape Cod murder trial probed for racist views

By Harriet Ryan for CourtTV

BARNSTABLE - Race emerged as an issue Monday in the selection of a jury for the trial of a garbage collector accused of murdering a fashion writer on Cape Cod.

The defendant, Christopher McCowen, 33, is black. The woman he is accused of raping and stabbing to death, Christa Worthington, 46, was white.

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Change of venue hearing delays juror selection

CBS4from CBS4, October 16, 2006

BARNSTABLE - Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a Cape Cod garbage man accused of murdering fashion writer Christa Worthington. But a hearing on a change of venue will be held first.

Worthington was found stabbed to death on the kitchen floor of her Truro home in January 2002. Her then two-year-old daughter, Ava, was clinging to her mother's lifeless body.

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Also from the Boston Globe:

Cape town reopens painful chapter

In slay trial, high-profile crime and its aftermath take the stage

by Jonathan Saltzman

TRURO - Tim Arnold says he thinks every day about the grisly scene he found that raw Sunday afternoon in January 2002 when he entered the secluded hilltop bungalow of his neighbor and onetime girlfriend to return a borrowed flashlight.

Christa Worthington , a 46-year-old fashion writer from a prominent Truro family, lay half-naked on the kitchen floor, dead from a stab wound to the chest. Her toddler, Ava, was unhurt but smeared with her mother's blood, after as long as two days near the body.

Read the Globe article in its entirety here.

NOTE: When the trial begins, it will be streamed live on CourtTV Extra.

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