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Kalmio Trial Begins Wednesday

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The man accused of killing four people in Minot nearly two years ago is set to stand trial this week in District Court in Minot.

27-year-old Omar Mohamed Kalmio is charged with four, Double-A Felonies.

Shaun Sipma has more on details leading up the trial.

January 28, 2011 - 19 year old Sabrina Zephier was found dead in her southeast Minot apartment.

Less than an hour later, Sabrina's mother 38 year old Jolene Zephier, and brother 13 year old Dillon and Jolene's boyfriend 22 year old Jeremy Longie were found dead in their mobile home halfway across town.

The victims died of apparent gun shot wounds.

Sabrina's infant daughter, who Kalmio fathered, was found unharmed in her apartment but had been there for nearly 12 hours.

Kalmio, a Somali national, was identified as a person of interest by authorities and was located at his work site in Williston later that day.

He would be detained two days later by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and held on immigration charges.

It wasn't until August 2011 that the first charge of murder was filed against Kalmio for the death of Sabrina Zephier.

It was May 2012 when the three other murder charges were filed.

Jury Selection is set to start with Wednesday in District Court with Judge Douglas Mattson presiding over the trial.

Opening arguments could come as early as Friday or Monday.

The prosecution will be lead by Kelly Dillon and Sean Kasson from the Ward County State's Attorney's Office.

Kalmio is being represented by Thomas Glass & Kerry Rosenquist.

Very few details about the crimes and the evidence have been released to the public to this point.

It will be up to the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt Kalmio's guilt and direct involvement in the deaths of the Zephier's and Longie on a cold January morning 2011.

In Minot Shaun Sipma, KX News.

Kalmio's trial is scheduled to last three weeks.

KX News will be covering the proceedings from the Ward County Courthouse and have reports from the days events as they unfold.

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