Capital murder trial begins for convicted pimp

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Called the mastermind of a “sinister” trafficking ring and already serving time for forcing women into prostitution, Glen Leon Dukes is in court again today on a capital murder charge, accused of using a plastic bag to suffocate a woman tied to a chair and then setting her body on fire.

A jury was chosen Monday and testimony is set to begin today in state District Judge Ron Rangel’s courtroom. Dukes, 46, was sentenced to two life terms last year on the prostitution charges and now faces life in prison without parole, if he’s convicted of capital murder in the death of 24-year-old Jacqueline Johnson.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.

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