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Jury selection underway in Wonder Lake stabbing trial

WOODSTOCK – Jury selection is underway for a Wonder Lake man accused of murder.

The trial for Richard G. Nielsen, 53, is before McHenry County Judge Michael Feetterer. Four jurors have been selected before Feetterer broke the proceedings for lunch.

Nielsen is accused of first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 2012 stabbing death of 34-year-old Jeremy Lechner. The two were reportedly fighting over missing medication that led to the deadly altercation.

The incident happened at 7607 Orchard Road, in Wonder Lake, where Nielsen lived at the time with Lechner's girlfriend, Becky Meyers, and another man.

An autopsy revealed that Lechner died of a single stab wound to the chest that hit his heart.

Nielsen's attorney, Special Public Defender Bill Bligh plans to argue that Nielsen acted in self defense. His legal team is allowed to present some evidence and testimony that Lechner had a previous history of "aggression and violence."

The trial is expected to last through the week.

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