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      Freddie Grant federal trial begins

      15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson

      COLUMBIA (WACH)â??The man believed to be connected to the August 18 disappearance of 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson goes to trial Monday morning on federal ammunition charges.

      The charge against Freddie Grant is not directly related to Gabbieeâ??s disappearance, but it came to light as part of the investigation after a search warrant on Grantâ??s Kelly Street house in Elgin was executed in an effort to locate any information about Gabbieeâ??s location. The federal charges were filed after the discovery of ammunition in his home.

      Because of Grantâ??s criminal history, it is unlawful for him to posses any ammunition or weapons.

      Grantâ??s attorney, John Delgado, attempted to suppress the warrant, saying investigators â??recklessly failed to disclose" key information. Based on evidence, including information from the F.B.I. that Gabbieeâ??s phone was tracked to an area within 400 yards of Grantâ??s home, the warrant was held up by a federal judge in December, and the trial was set to move forward.

      The federal judge has given the trial, which starts at 10:00 a.m., 2 days to come to completion.