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      Trial date set for Ricky Lee Blackwell accused of kidnapping and murder

      Trial date set for case against Ricky Lee Blackwell accused of kidnapping and murder

      COLUMBIA (WACH)

      A trial date is scheduled to begin next year in the case against 55-year-old Ricky Lee Blackwell Sr., accused of killing an 8-year-old Chesnee girl to get back at his wife for leaving him.

      Jury selection is scheduled to begin March 3. Blackwell is charged with the July 2009 kidnapping and killing Heather Brook Center in Chesnee

      Authorities say Blackwell put the girl in a headlock, then shot her in the head and fired three more shots into her as she fell. The girl was the daughter of Blackwell's estranged wife's boyfriend.

      Blackwell also shot himself in the stomach. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty if Blackwell is convicted